Horses Helping People

We are a therapeutic horsemanship centre and Care Farm providing equine and rural activities for disadvantaged adults and young people. We provide a safe, supportive environment where people can improve physical and mental wellbeing. Activities include building trusting partnerships with the horses, animal husbandry, gardening and conservation work.

4 May 2017
South East, East of England
Local Alliances:
Buckinghamshire Dementia Action Alliance, Luton Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We feel strongly that people who are affected by dementia must be given choices about where and how they receive support.

 We want people with dementia and their families/carers to feel valued. We believe that, for many people, taking part in meaningful activities is one way of achieving this. We provide a friendly, safe and supportive environment in which to discover (or rediscover) interesting countryside activities.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Transport: Due to our rural location, public transport links are not available. Mostly we find that family members or carers are able to bring our clients to us, but we would like to find other transport options for when this is not possible.


Weather: Many of our activities are outdoors-based, so in the winter months we may have fewer clients coming to the farm because of cold or wet weather. We have recently received funding towards extending our existing cabin so that indoor activity options are more varied. We will also ensure adequate heating and insulation so it will remain warm even in the coldest weather.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friends

    We will arrange training to become Dementia Friends - this will be for all staff and volunteers, so that we can better understand and respond to the issues that face people affected by dementia.

  • Transport

    We will find out more about local transport options available to clients, so that even those who do not have a family member who drives should be able to get to us withouth incurring too much cost.

    Initial Scoping
  • indoor activities

    We are currently applying for match funding so that we can build the cabin extension, add solar panels to provide electricity, and insulate it effectively.  Our aim is to have this built by the end of 2017.