BBC NEWS

BBC NEWS

Headteachers say it is going to take the death of a child before people take mental health seriously and give access to support – you can make a difference now!

Sadly the shocking evidence below is becoming more and more common for children and young peoples mental health. Places like The Hugs Foundation are showing effective results in helping these children and young people NOW. Lets tackle these problems together, even if you can donate a small amount like £3 a month or offer a bursary for a child to get the help they so badly need, it will make a huge difference to that child and their family and could save a life. All it takes is a message or call to us to donate. Please help pull our society together to address this problem and see the good in people again.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/education-49026175/we-cry-together-over-what-we-hear-children-say?fbclid=IwAR34rtUB0exDZUG200x-p12NAR7x5pTrk9I1DFLNmSf2SNjAXR2wAWbrz6k

Dude and his travels…

Dude and his travels…


Dude has once again been the star of the show! Dude has been lucky enough to visit Sticker Rally and Windmill Court Care Centre. He really was a big hit with the residents at the care centre! He has even been asked to go back this month! Wow! Dude also had an overnight stay at Sticker Vintage Rally. The rally was covered over two days so Dude had to set up camp that night. Although visiting the blood bikes made up for it! 
If you would like to see Dude at one of your events contactkelly@hugsfoundation.org.uk , ring 07539916048 or message the Facebook page.

Legacies

Legacies

Legacies

A gift in your will is an investment in our future. In making a Will, naturally your first priority has to be taking care of your family and loved ones. If you don’t have a Will, having one written is a lot easier than you think through your chosen solicitor. If you wish to add a gift to The Hugs Foundation into your existing Will then you can do this through a simple written instruction called a ‘codicil’. Gifts left in Wills help in many of ways and all can be controlled by you:

  • you may choose to have your gift used by for the general work of the whole service The Hugs Foundation provide.
  • you may prefer to define the area in which your gift is used such as a particular project, building or animal.

If you can include The Hugs Foundation in your Will, by whichever means you choose, you will be supporting our future and we couldn’t be anymore grateful. We constantly need funds to cover the cost of the equines medical care, food and bedding. We also need funding  to ensure we can offer intervention to children and adults who need mental health support or voluntary placements.

The team at Hugs are excited to have teamed up with McClure Solicitors to help the amazing people that support The Hugs Foundation ensure their Will or Will review is done professionally by caring and expert solicitors and the best thing is, it’s free! Leaving a legacy will enable us to change the lives of both horses and ponies and the children and young people suffering mental ill health, helping both equines and humans on their journey to recovery. Thank you to all who are giving to make this possible and McClure for offering this incredible service to our community.

For more information or to access this awesome service please visit https://www.mcclure-solicitors.co.uk/the-hugs-foundation-pa… or call 0800 852 1999.

Intervention/Support spaces available in September

Intervention/Support spaces available in September

Book now for September!

We provide an intervention/support for our clients which is tailored to suit their individual needs and targets. We use a lot of animal interaction and outdoor activities which can benefit the children in various ways. Currently we have clients from the age of 5 years old, right up to students in college. We support students who display challenging behavior within their educational setting, students who are struggling to develop social skills and students who find regulating their emotions tricky, or young people struggling with anxiety. We work closely with the team at their schools to provide the most beneficial input to enable them to best achieve their targets. We offer one to one sessions or group sessions. One to one session, the student will be with a member of our team and engage in a range of activities that they enjoy. Some of our children love the animals and regularly interact with the horses, chickens, dogs, pigs, sheep and goats, others prefer to be more hands on and do construction activities. We go for nature walks with the animals to our local ford, or around the nature trail on our farm.

We feed the animals, brush them, ride the horses, learn how to look after them, muck them out etc. We also make campfires for toasting marshmallows and cooking ration packs, den building, outdoor games, arts and crafts, woodwork and construction, learning about nature etc. Some of our children come to us to simply build self-esteem, confidence and relationships. Others come to us to explore their identity, learn how to develop social skills and identify their emotions. We aim to incorporate learning whilst they don’t really realise, they are doing so. For example, we often use the horses as examples of emotions and relationships (i.e. how do you think that horse would feel if …)? Quite often children find it easier to put this into context before thinking about how they would feel themselves.

Our sessions are tailored around each individual and what they feel comfortable doing. Some children enjoy mixing with other clients, others prefer being one to one, we are very flexible. At the end of each session we fill out feedback forms with the students to gauge what they enjoyed/didn’t enjoy/whether they’ve learnt anything/what they’d like to do next time etc. We have been able to help so many children already who have positively flourished in a setting that allows them to escape the demands of the educational environment.

Session fees are £25 per hour per head. Sessions can be booked in weekly blocks (i.e. 6 weeks, 8 weeks etc) with view to extending or left open for however long the student requires the input. Sessions can vary in length, depending on the individual child. We can do 1-hour sessions or longer. We usually suggest no longer than 4 hours as it can be challenging to maintain concentration and attention for this length of time. For sessions that extend over the lunch time period, children can bring lunch with them. We have a ‘classroom’ area which we base ourselves in, or in the warmer months we can have picnics outside with the animals. We do ask that any children attending have an adult with them (either a TA or a parent or similar).  We also ask that a referral form is completed by school or the parent prior to any student starting with us which provides us with as much background information as possible so that we can offer the most effective support.