Project information

The PENYTRIP Project

The Penytrip Project is a pioneering charity that aims to help disadvantaged young people to develop confidence, communication skills and self-esteem through Equine Assisted Therapy. Our unique method pairs disadvantaged children with rescued horses for mutual gaining of trust and respect.

September 2012 - September 2015

Charity information: The Penytrip Project

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  • Need

    Need

    We work with children and young people aged 8-18 in the North Wales area, many of whom face multiple disadvantages and might never normally have the opportunity to spend time around horses. These issues include being deprived of basic necessities in life, such as adequate housing or education, struggling with substance abuse,being socially disadvantaged by a behavioural or mental health issue, living below the poverty line, being in local authority care and survivors of violence, neglect and abu

    Solution

    At the Penytrip Project we use an approach called Natural Horsemanship, also known as ‘horse whispering’. Each participant is designated a rescued horse or pony to work with under the supervision of a trained equine therapist. During this process, the horse acts almost as a mirror. As participants begin to understand the effect that their tone of voice, breathing and body language can have on another living creature, powerful changes in be seen.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To help disadvantaged young people to develop confidence and communication skills.

    Activities

    » Free equine assisted therapy sessions.

    Success will be measured by a number of creative evaluation tools including art work, questionnaires and ICT to establish changes in levels of confidence and communication skills.


  • Impact

    Impact

    For a child or young person who typically controls little of their environment, helping to rehabilitate a rescued horse or pony can be an empowering experience. Participants learn patience, empathy and the value of hard work, gaining a set of practical and ‘soft’ skills that will enhance their future prospects of employment.

    Risk

    We are fully insured for the work we do and we take safety, child protection and confidentiality very seriously.

    Reporting

    We will report quarterly in writing.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £44,300

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      Amount Heading Description
      £40,000 salaries 2x full time facilitators
      £4,300 running costs heat, light, printing costs etc
  • Background

    Location

    We are in Gwynedd, North Wales.

    Beneficiaries

    Children and young people aged 8-18 in the North Wales area, many of whom face multiple disadvantages and might never normally have the opportunity to spend time around horses. These issues include being deprived of basic necessities in life, such as adequate housing or education, struggling with substance abuse, being socially disadvantaged by a behavioural or mental health issue, living below the poverty line, being in local authority care and survivors of violence, neglect and abu

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Over the past six months, the Penytrip Project has run a very successful pilot project, the first equine therapy project of its kind in Wales . Some of the results that we saw included:
    • An 8 year old Selectively Mute child beginning to speak after forming a close bond with a Shetland pony
    • A 10 year old survivor of violence overcoming severe separation anxiety by working with a horse who shared the same issue
    • A 14 year old ceasing self-harming

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Lindsey Mitchell

    Lindsey is a certified equine therapist with a life-coaching qualification. She has over a decade of experience in this field.

    Iain Crosbie

    Iain is a qualified primary school teacher with a Master’s Degree in Education and a special interest in outdoor pursuits and ICT.

    Volunteers

    We have a number of local people who regularly volunteer at Penytrip to help run sessions, look after and train the horses.