AN ORGANIZATION based in Dryden Farm near Selkirk where small group activities are offered to children who are not doing well in school has received a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund.

Stable Life aims to improve confidence and self-esteem, help children develop social skills and manage problematic behaviors.

It also helps children make healthy lifestyle choices, teach good citizenship, improve health and well-being, and prepare children and youth to successfully engage in mainstream education and others. services.

With a grant of £ 120,000 from the National Lottery, the charity launched in 1982 is able to harness the healing power of horses and provide equine assisted learning to children and youth aged 10-18. with a range of social, emotional and behavioral skills. problems.

Project team leader Cindy Davie said: “Most of the time children are referred because of problems at school and they don’t feel particularly comfortable sitting down and talking. with people who are in their school.

“What we do is how to feel a connection – we work with many children who have gone through some sort of attachment disorder or trauma during their childhood. Many young people do not trust others, but they will trust animals.

“The mere fact that they can be around and have this sensory trick – brushing their manes and tails or grooming the ponies – makes a big difference to them, feeling an emotional connection with the animals and giving them a sense of calm and of determination – it is a life changing experience for young people to experience.

“Horses are dear animals! They are really well looked after and we have quite a few ponies here that we can offer to young people with different needs.

“If we didn’t have the National Lottery funding to support this it would have drastically reduced what we would be able to do – they have been crucial in helping these young people in life. ”

In the past five years alone, the National Lottery Community Fund has awarded more than £ 17million to nearly 200 animal-related projects across the UK that support those most in need.

To find out more about how the National Lottery supports good causes across the UK, visit

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