Project information

TheHorseCourse Capital Building Project

We are in the process of converting a disused dairy farm into our Dorset HQ and Centre for Excellence. We are seeking funding for Stage 3, which includes architects and planning fees for the creation of new spaces on our site.

January 2018 - September 2018

Charity information: TheHorseCourse

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  • Need


    TheHorseCourse provides equine-assisted interventions for those who are socially isolated because of anxiety and/or problem behaviours and for whom talk-based approaches (therapy, counselling, etc.) isn't working. We have moved into new long-term premises and seek to create inspiring, innovative, and functional spaces that serve the needs of our participants, volunteers, and horse and human staff in the best possible way.


    We are enlisting the help of architects and planning experts who understand our needs as a charity and as an equine centre. We plan to create a new arena for programme delivery as well as further indoor & outdoor learning spaces.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To enlist the support of architects and planning consultants for Stage 3 of our capital project


    » Raise funds to enlist the support of architects and planning consultants

    The production of a clear plan (with survey & scale models) and planning approval for Stage 3 of our capital building project.

  • Impact


    Long-term changes will be in the capacity to expand our delivery and engage with a greater number of participants, volunteers, and site users. This will be demonstrated by an increase in numbers of people on our site, increased programme delivery numbers, and increased number of partners using our site.


    The greatest risk is not being able to raise the funds for the building project. We are mitigating these risks by conducting our capital expansion in stages, fundraising (utilising diversification - small, medium, and large grants; crowdfunding; major donors; etc.) for each stage as we go.


    We create an annual report we send out to supporters and funders who do not require a specific report. We are also in contact with supporters and donors through regular emails and social media (Facebook & Twitter).

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Architect Fees Survey, 3D models, and consultation on design
      £6,000 Planning Consultant & Fees Survey, consultation, planning & legal fees
      £1,000 Contingency for Emergencies Unexpected costs for architect, planning and legal fees
  • Background


    We work in Weymouth, Dorset where the majority of our service users live. It was a former Navy town and now falls within the worst 20% on the IMD and 4 specific wards (Littlemoor, Melcombe Regis, Underhilll, & Westham) fall in the bottom 10%. WPBC is both the most deprived and the area with the highest crime rates for anti-social behaviour, sexual offences, and domestic abuse in Dorset. It also has the 3rd highest level of child poverty in the South West.


    Each year, we have approximately 350 participants in our ReStart and Lighter Touch intervention programmes and approximately 12 volunteers. Beneficiaries would also be THC staff, visitors, and partnering organisations.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are dedicated to measuring our impact as an organisation and will run our capital project with the same dedication. We have been running our organisation for 7 years and have strong relationships with our partner referring agencies. We are a stable, 'no-churn' organisation and winners of the 2017 Small Charity BIG Impact Award. We work in partnership with approved hubs operating in Surrey, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Barnet (North London).

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Harriet Laurie

    Founder & CEO

    Jayme Reaves

    Business Development Manager