Aberdeenshire charity HorseBack UK has been chosen to implement The Prince’s Trust team program, which will start in January.
Aimed at young people aged 16 to 25, the program inspires and allows participants to think about their future.
The emphasis is on teamwork, community, environment, well-being and future employment.
The program is based on HorseBack UK’s decade and experience of its military courses to empower serving and former military personnel with life-changing physical and mental injuries.
Using horseback riding and outdoor activities, the association offers personal development programs that encourage participants to acquire new coping strategies, life skills, develop lasting resilience and come away with a qualification. official SQA.
Horseback UK’s school development programs have been running successfully for six years. With an emphasis on participation and personal development, teens participate in the same SQA Level 4 Certificate in Personal Development Through Riding during a 15-day course.
The new Youth Program, a 12 week training and community engagement course, was created in collaboration with The Prince’s Trust and will be delivered as part of their team program at HorseBack UK headquarters in Dinnet, Aboyne .
The association is supported by HRH the Duchess of Cornwall, who is now its royal godmother. The Duchess shares a passion for horses, is a passionate rider, and understands the incredible emotional impact animals have on human recovery.
It is this emotional connection, along with the distinctive educational tools of HorseBack UK, that make charities the leaders in mental health recovery.
Anxiety and depression seriously affect young people, especially following the Covid pandemic.
There is evidence from the Office for National Statistics of an increase in anxiety and depression among young women aged 16-24 in the UK, with almost a third (31%) reporting evidence of depression or anxiety between 2017 and 2018; this is an increase from the previous year (26%) and the same period five years earlier (26%).
Evidence shows that 16-24 year olds reported suffering more from some form of anxiety than other age groups (28%) and also moderate to severe symptoms of depression (22%).
The HorseBack UK team is imperative to the success of the participants and every course leader has some form of mental health life experience that supports the delivery.
Throughout the program, participants will have the opportunity to participate in a residential activity; two-week internship; CV maintenance and construction skills; a community project; Prince’s Trust Certificate and Award for Employment; teamwork and community competence; develop presentation skills; working with horses and gaining additional qualifications including SQA Level 4 Personal Development through Riding, SQA Level 4 Mental Health and Welfare and the John Muir Award (Discovery Level).
The charity offers a number of courses, including military, community, school and corporate. The Prince’s Trust Team program begins on Monday January 31.
HorseBack UK co-founder Emma Hutchinson said: “Everyone at HorseBack UK is very happy to offer this program for The Prince’s Trust. It’s a perfect fit.
“We are passionate about helping people with mental health issues and The Prince’s Trust is focused on helping vulnerable young people get their lives back on track.
“Horses are such wonderful creatures and they have proven time and time again that they can really help young people reconnect with themselves and build their confidence and self-esteem to help them get the most of their time. life.”