Unicorn Centre (Riding for the Disabled)

Unicorn Centre (Riding for the Disabled)

Charity information

Unicorn Centre (Riding for the Disabled)

The Unicorn Centre is a registered charity and member group of the Riding for the Disabled Association, and is based in Hemlington, a recognised “deprived” area of Middlesbrough. The Centre provides riding therapy and learning opportunities for a wide range of disabled and disadvantaged children, young people and adults within the Tees Valley and surrounding areas. At present the Centre offers this valuable therapy to over 170 people each week. The Centre aims to offer it's service in a safe, supportive, inclusive and fun environment, which allows each individual to achieve his or her full potential. In order to deliver this the Centre relies on a dedicated group of qualified staff and volunteers, not forgetting it's 20 wonderful horses and ponies.
A lottery grant of £1. 16 million funded this state-of-the-art Centre, which includes indoor and outdoor arenas, integral stabling, and all disabled facilites. The Centre is unique in the North East, and has become an established part of the local community. The Centre receives no core funding, and relies entirely on lessons, hiring and training fees, fundraising, donations and grants to cover all costs.
The Unicorn Centre began operating in April 1998 with an official opening by HRH The Princess Royal in November 1998. A new education suite and office was added to the Centre's facilities in 2003. In 2008 the Unicorn Centre will be celebrating a major milestone – its 10th anniversary.
Approximately £220,000 per year is required to maintain the existing levels of operation.