"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
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.
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.
The 10 week programme covers a range of personal and social objectives for each participant, including:
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.
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.
An experienced horse specialist, focuses on interpreting the horses’ feedback to human interaction and ensuring equine-related safety during sessions.
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.
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.