Project information

Get outdoors: Therapy for isolated individuals

Founded and run by Christians as a way to help the most vulnerable people. Gul is open to all ages and backgrounds. Gul uses Equine Assisted Therapy and outdoor activities to enact positive change in peoples lives, leading to integration back into the mainstream of society.

December 2017 - December 2018

Charity information: God Unlimited

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  • Need

    Need

    People are left isolated across Wiltshire and surrounding counties as a result of age/ill health/disability/financial/social circumstances and a lack of appropriate education. Gul aims to alleviate these problems by providing support for individuals to grow in confidence, gain new skills and realise their potential in a supportive outdoor environment

    Solution

    Gul provides outdoor learning and therapeutic interventions in an outdoor setting for 150 individuals each week. Interventions from Gul result in calmer, happier people who are better able to cope with day to day living and are more confident.
    Your donation will be used to fund the salary of an additional therapist who'll enable an extra 190 sessions to become available and as a result, Gul will be able to help a greater number of people.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To employ and additional Full-Time therapist

    Activities

    » ยป Employ a therapist at the charity to work with people and ensure they get the most of their time with Gul and continue to develop

    Gul will have provided by the time the therapists time is full and additional 190 spaces within its therapy programme.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The extra member of staff will improve Gul's ability to react to increasing demand for social care. Gul works closely with partners within the local NHS, school network and at the Council to ensure that it is always delivering at a high standard.
    To record this Gul Gul keeps; beneficiary records, user surveys, communication logs along side regular progress reports from therapists and team meetings within the organisation.

    Risk

    Any risks with this project fall within the standard risk assessment model of the charity and such risks are mitigated by; weekly oversight from the charities management and various teams and quarterly review by the trustees of the charity

    Reporting

    Gul completes and sends regular updates to its supporters and also invites our supporters to regular events 4 in 2016) and an annual Trustee Gala.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Therapist salary Half the salary for a new full time therapist
  • Background

    Location

    Our project is based in Shrewton, Wiltshire. The charity runs a 19 acre partially wooded outdoor therapy centre known as Riverside from here. the site is approximately one third woodland (used for all manner of outdoor activities) and 2 thirds stables and paddocks for our 16 ponies.
    Riverside is a beautiful, peaceful place with a winterbourne river, open skies and lots of wild life. Visitors often say they feel better just for being at Riverside

    Beneficiaries

    Gul currently provides outdoor therapy or outdoor education for 150 individuals each week aged 2-87 years old of which 74% of which are young people aged 11-25.
    Gul helps over 700 individuals each year directly and estimates it supports over 2000 indirectly.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Gul has a proven track record of delivery for people attending over 90% of our beneficiaries will leave the charity and re enter the mainstream, either at school or into the workplace or their community.
    Since its inception in 2006 Gul has worked in our local community and beyond gaining valuable insight into the methods for providing effective outdoor therapy. This year the charity published its first text book on the subject. our team of 12 professionals is supported by over 30 volunteers.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    James Dwyer

    Senior manager