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(UK) Newcastle: Therapeutic riding center for 130 opens sensory trail

Sept 15, 2021, Newcastle upon Tyne BDaily: Washington Riding Centre introduces new sensory trail with the help of volunteers from local housebuilder

NE England

A team of volunteers from a local housebuilder have helped to transform a local riding centre’s empty field into a sensory trail for the community to enjoy. Ten members of the technical team at Barratt Developments North East volunteered a day of their time to help Washington Riding Centre build a sensory trail as part of the housebuilder’s ‘Donate a Day’ initiative. Employees helped clear weeds, prepared garden beds and planters, and planted flowers and shrubs to transform an empty field into a wheelchair accessible trail for riders and walkers alike…. The centre provides riding lessons to around 130 children and adults with a range of disabilities and special educational needs each month, and the sensory trail will serve to stimulate the senses and improve their experience with features that visitors can see, touch, smell and hear. In addition to this, Washington Riding Centre delivers a ‘Disability Awareness Through Animals’ workshop in schools to give children the opportunity to get up close to horses and learn about them, their environment, and their care, as well as to raise disability awareness and encourage volunteering and care within the community. Paula Archer, Chair of Washington Riding Centre said: “We’re very grateful to the volunteers at Barratt Developments for helping us with the progress of the sensory trail. It will make a big impact to the individuals we provide lessons to by giving them an enriching experience which will develop their senses.”…


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