Elisabeth Svendsen Trust for Children & Donkeys

Slade House Farm
Sidmouth
Devon
EX10 0NU

Tel: 01395 573133 (Mon - Fri 8.30am - 4.30pm)
Web: www.elisabethsvendsentrust.org.uk

The aims of the Elisabeth Svendsen Trust for Children & Donkeys are to bring enjoyment and pleasure into the lives of children with special needs and disabilities and to give them the satisfaction that comes with the achievement of learning riding skills. There are centres in Sidmouth, Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester and Ivybridge.

Riding skills are taught by qualified riding instructors using the donkey because of its placid nature. In addition the children are encouraged to groom and care for the donkeys. The children who attend have a wide range of disabilities. Some have learning disabilities, others are physically disabled or have behavioural problems, brain damage or sensory impairment. Ages range from one year to young adults. During the summer months, mobile units operate taking donkeys out to those children in schools and hospitals who, because of their disabilities, cannot travel to the centres. The five centres hold a monthly Saturday Club for children with special needs and their families.

Last updated on 21/07/2012

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