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Children in need supports horse riding project

a girl grooming a horse
a girl grooming a horse Image credit: bbcchildreninneed.co.uk

A charity supporting young people struggling with mental health through horse riding is just one of the many organisations which was helped by BBC’s Children in Need.

Stable Life’s history can be cantered back to 1982 when the Gala Youth Project was launched to assist children dealing with emotional trauma and a history of offending.

In 1997 the project was given a boost thanks to a befriending scheme which expanded on the services which continued through into the next decade when the GYP rebranded themselves at GYP Borders in 2008.

The initials had a new significance as well, GYP now stood for Giving Young People & Families Support, but it wasn’t just the title which had changed, now a registered company and more established the project branched out in three sub projects…Alternative Routes – which provided life learning skills, Chance4Change – offering befriending and mentoring and Stable Life – providing equine assisted learning.

As you can probably suss it was the Stable Life project which galloped ahead and became the main focus of the charity which changed its name accordingly in August 2013 securing a long-term lease on a local riding centre which also became the home of their new office.

Stable Life offers four separate programmes, Equine – a combination of activity on the ground and in the saddle, Environmental – where young people learn team skills by planting and growing vegetables in the countryside, Life Skills – teaching children how to successfully navigate the world and Out of the Woods – a pilot programme for young people with behaviour challenges.

BBC Children in Need is on BBC ONE, Tonight - Friday November 19 at 7pm and available afterwards on BBC iPlayer.