helps many hundreds of families across the country.
We all instinctively know that a break away from home is good for us: physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, and research has shown this to be true. But over two million children in the UK live in families who cannot afford even a day-trip to the seaside - far less a simple holiday. The FHA works to help disadvantaged families get that much-needed break away from home. All the families they support are struggling on low income and have not had a break for at least four years – many have never had a family break. The families are referred to the FHA by professionals such as social workers, health authority staff and voluntary welfare agencies.
A break away from home can:
- Improve well being and reduce stress
- Increase self esteem and confidence
- Strengthen family communication and bonding
- Provide new skills, widen perspectives and enhance employability
- Give long lasting treasured memories
- Result in happier, stronger families and a more inclusive society.
is a small London charity with a large heart!
Children and young people:
- Have therapeutic riding sessions,
- Are given the opportunity to care for a pony,
- Take physical exercise which helps enable them to be fitter,
- Have a great deal of fun and
- Make new friends
All in a safe outdoor environment.
The children’s abilities and disabilities vary greatly, from severe cerebral palsy to mild learning difficulties. Most come every week and their riding sessions become a very positive part of their physical and personal development. They come from all walks of life, some are referred by hospital medical consultants or social services. Some come through a school programme and others come by their parents contacting the Centre. They range from 7 years up to early twenties. Children younger than 7 are taken when a medical consultant recommends it.