Helping Hands supports young people with cerebral palsy

Members of the Committee from Helping Hands in The Algarve charity were invited to visit the Associação Portuguesa de Paralisia Cerebral (APPC) school in Faro.

Two young adults from the APPC school have been funded by Helping Hands to receive a year of therapeutic horse-riding lessons at the Pinetrees Riding Centre, near Almancil.

The Associação Portuguesa de Paralisia Cerebral de Faro offers rehabilitation of clients with disabilities or neurological incapacity. It has nearly 600 clients from newborn to 50 years old, the majority being from underprivileged families.

The horse-riding lessons funded by Helping Hands help disabled riders develop control of posture and motor ability, balance, muscular tone, coordination, stimulate independence and improve cognitive abilities. The lessons also provide opportunities for recreational activity and social interaction.

Two members of the Helping Hands Committee, Marj and Roger Marshall, joined Bev Gibbons, the owner of the Pinetrees Riding Centre, on the visit to the APPC. The group of visitors were also accompanied by Lara Nauss, a student at a German University studying social work, who is spending three months in Portugal to see how social work is carried out, including institutions such as APPC.

The visitors were shown around by Vanessa Quaresma, a Social Educator who works at the school.

The tour included being allowed into a variety of classrooms where individuals and groups were benefiting from a range of therapeutic and learning activities.

The next fundraising event organised by Helping Hands is a fun Quiz Night at the old Freguesia office on Rua Dr Silva Nobre, opposite the east end of the Municipal Market in São Brás de Alportel on Tuesday, February 5 at 7.45pm.

Further information about how to support Helping Hands in The Algarve can be found on the charity’s Facebook page.

Photo: Vanessa Quaresma, Roger and Marj Marshall and Lara Nauss