What We Do
KINDNESS. DIGNITY. RESPECT. HELPING PEOPLE & ANIMALS.
The Hugs Foundation has multiple aims. To not only provide a rescue and rehabilitation centre for horses, ponies and other animals that have been abandoned or abused. But also, to offer unique intervention and alternative support, using some of the rescued horses and ponies, to help children, young people and to those suffering from poor mental health. Our services are delivered by professionally qualified, experienced staff.
In addition, we also visit care homes to support mental well-being outside of the farm facilities and help educate on animal welfare.
Please see a list of services we offer below.
Services We Offer:
Animal Assisted Interventions
Mental Well-Being Interventions
Learn New Skills
Building Self-Esteem & Confidence
Back to Education/Work Skills
Arts & Crafts
Help with Mental Ill Health, PTSD, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Social Isolation, ASD, Learning Difficulties, Challenging & Negative Behaviours
Practical Skills Including Woodwork
Care Home / Community Events / School Animal Welfare Education & Mental Well-Being Visits
Equine Facilitated Learning
School Holiday Activities
Rosie’s story began with a difficult and challenging relationship between herself and her parents, which lead to incidents of abuse in her childhood. Consequently, Rosie began to spiral into depression and sadly, this led to severe self-harming. Rosie hit crisis, attempted suicide several times and spent 6 months in a secure psychiatric unit away from everything she knew including family and friends.
Rosie started sessions with The Hugs Foundation at the beginning of 2019 and developed her confidence and self-esteem. With the help of the team at Hugs and a special horse she connected with (who also had a traumatic past – beaten with a hammer!!), Rosie was able to develop her life skills, independently sought voluntary work, applied for her first job and got through to interview. Her tendency to self-harm diminished, along with her suicidal thoughts. In September 2019, she enrolled on a full-time Health and Social Care course to pursue her chosen career as a Social Worker, with the end goal being to help children and young people who are struggling with similar experiences to her own.
Rosie has also designed artwork for Hugs, created resources and crafts around the farm and for our open days. She has grown into an incredible young lady and although Hugs is just a small chapter in Rosie’s life, her story could have ended tragically. The chapters that follow will be exciting now that Rosie is empowered with passion and drive to change her life to help others. The Hugs Foundation are incredibly proud to be a part of this happy ending.
We don’t just rescue horses, Hugs IS changing lives.
(this person’s name has been changed due to data protection)