• "In the steady gaze of the horse shines a silent eloquence that speaks of love and loyalty, strength and courage. It is the window that reveals to us how willing is his spirit, how generous his heart" Author Unknown

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Caregiver Programme | Montrose Foundation

The Caregiver Programme uses equine-assisted intervention to work with caregivers to equip them with skills to work directly with children, youth and substance abusers within disadvantaged communities.

Why Horses?

Horses are able to mirror human body language accurately for they have similar behaviors with humans, such as social and responsive behaviors. They can reflect the  emotional states of humans and offers observable, unfiltered feedback.

The Caregiver Programme  consists of a 10 week course in which the participants are invited to first engage in the arena, where the equine specialist focuses on equine-assisted intervention activities with the horses. The Caregiver Porgramme consist of  fun and simple equine activities. The programme also includes an additional 10 sessions in the sharing hub to further integrate the arena processes.

This programme does not involve horse riding or require any experience in horsemanship.

Caregiver Programme

The 10 week programme covers a range of personal and social objectives for each participant, including:

  • Week 1     Introduction, Orientation, Creating a Safe space, Trust Building
  • Week 2     Who Am I?
  • Week 3     Privileges, Power and Self Esteem
  • Week 4     Collages and Relationships
  • Week 5     Setting of Boundaries and Sexuality
  • Week 6     Life Graph, “Unfinished Business” and “Letting go”
  • Week 7     Substance Abuse Education
  • Week 8     Understanding Substance Abuse
  • Week 9     Spirituality “now” and “new”
  • Week 10   Goal Setting, Affirmation, Expressions and Reflections

Programme Duration

  • One full day per week
  • Group size: 10

Programme Cost

R 12,500 funds 1 caregiver
R 125,000 funds a caregiver  group (10 caregivers)

Each session is facilitated by a professional equine specialist as well as  experienced  group facilitators in order to ensure physical, mental wellbeing and safety.

Head Facilitator:

Our programme head facilitator is an experienced Lifeline counsellor who processes the equine-assisted intervention sessions with the group and integrates this into the personal development programme which continues  for 10 consecutive weeks in a sharing hub.

Equine Specialist:

An experienced horse specialist, focuses on interpreting the horses’ feedback to human interaction and ensuring equine-related safety during sessions.

Substance Abuse Facilitator:

A substance abuse facilitator focuses on educating youth regarding the myths and pitfalls of drug abuse by using rap music, art, dance  and various elements of their personal journeys as a vehicle for change.

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2016 CGP Target

To date a total of 110 caregivers from 43 NPO’s and Community Based Organisations have successfully completed the Caregiver Programme.

Our aim is to provide the CGP to an additional 40 Caregivers in the form of a further 4 CG Programmes during 2016.