Weʼve raised £1,369 to fund Animal Assisted Therapy for Special Needs Children.
- Funded on Saturday, 26th December 2020
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The Little Explorers is an autism friendly activity club that offers Animal Assisted Therapy. We have created a safe and understanding environment to have fun and socialise with other families. https://thelittleexplorersactivityclub.com
- £5 buys a bale of hay which will feed the animals for one day
- £5 for bedding for one day
The main beneficiary groups are children on the autistic spectrum and their families, carers, people with mental health difficulties and people with disabilities.
The age ranges from young children to their parents and grandparents. We are addressing the following issues – education, training, respite, health & wellbeing, rural/agricultural, arts & culture, social isolation and a stronger community/cohesion.
Animal Therapy is very successful with anxiety, Autism, ADD, ADHD, depression and many other conditions. It has been seen to lower blood pressure, help concentration, calm anxiety and builds confidence.
Interacting with animals increases attention spans and has a positive calming effect helping with social interaction.
Animals also offer a powerful multi-sensory stimulus, they provide spontaneous behavioural responses which are simple and easy for children to interpret. With the release of endorphins (oxytocin) that have a calming effect for children and young people that struggle with emotional dysregulation helping the children and young people we work with to restructure their emotional response, thus access whole brain learning. This is done through physical and emotional experiences with the animals, engaging the sensitive limbic region of the brains mammalian centre and the automatic nervous system.
This all provides non-stressful, non-judgmental environment and increases self-confidence.
As you can imagine the running costs of a charity with 3 ponies, 2 goats, 2 rabbits, 1 cat, fish and 2 gerbils isn't cheap. The ponies alone eat a bale of hay a day and that costs £5. The weekly cost of hay and bedding is £65 for all of the animals. To keep our charity running and the families supported we rely on donations. Any help no matter how small it seems to you is deeply appreciated and money well spent. We can offer a tailored approach to vulnerable individual families and their children providing a unique therapeutic environment for them to learn.
- 4 years ago
Arabella Carter-Johnson4 years ago
Very cool, we have reached a milestone in our fundraising, we have raised £1000 of our £3500 target. Keep sharing guys, keep the donations coming in for 2020 :-)
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Aug 14, 2020
Hoping my small donation will help this amazing initiative for some very special people and animals.
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Feb 19, 2020
The concept is amazing and responds to the needs of two groups in society I want to help most: children and animals. The book on Iris is very inspiring.
Feb 17, 2020
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