Our Wellbeing initiatives give your company the chance to invest in three good causes, vulnerable people, rescued animals and the local community :
• Helping people develop greater self-esteem, work as part of a team, learn the importance of trust, and grow in confidence
• Promoting the importance of compassion and kindness to school childen, by developing their understanding of the sanctuary’s purpose
• Blending our core mission to rescue abused or neglected animals with helping vulnerable people in our local community
Our horses create a unique work experience
The Prince's Trust
We realised that the Sanctuary environment had something special when we hosted a group of young adults on a course delivered by The Prince’s Trust-Accrington and Rossendale Fire and Rescue Service. The course taught life-skills to improve employment prospects for eighteen young adults who helped to renovate the Sanctuary’s Tea Room.
The young people did not work with our horses directly, but found our outdoor environment stimulating and appealing, and the fact that our rescued horses came from difficult or traumatic backgrounds made the experience more compelling and interesting.
Thomas' story - how a life can be turned round from despair to hope
This summer, our stable team and horses helped 24-year old Thomas Walsh after his referral from the Police Community Support Officer to the Prince’s Trust- Hyndburn Fire and Rescue Service, and onto Only Foals and Horses Sanctuary for a Work Placement. He became part of the Yard Team and was assigned tasks with diminishing direct supervision. He handled horses, observed vet and farrier visits, assisted with feed preparation and other routine stable tasks.
Thomas’s story illustrates how a life can be turned round from despair to hope, and how one of our horses in particular, and two donkeys, played their part in that process.Read Thomas’s story.
A second group of young adults from The Prince’s Trust-Hyndburn Fire and Rescue Service have recently helped us create our first-ever Children’s Corner, a new set of stables specially designed to accommodate our smallest ponies and our youngest visitors.
It took the insight, foresight and teaching experience of one dedicated volunteer to spot the greater potential of the Sanctuary and its animals, the potential to enable people – even those who have never stroked a horse in their life – to benefit from carefully controlled and structured interaction.