The APPC Faro (Association for Cerebral Palsy) has announced that their therapeutic programme using horses as a treatment medium is able to go ahead for the scholastic year thanks to the “generous support from the Wolf Valley Association in Vale do Lobo”.
As present, the assessments, medical permission and parental authority are being organised with a view to starting on the first Friday in October.
For the programme to work, volunteers are needed as all the riders require someone to lead the pony or horse, plus some riders need a side walker or communicator.
Volunteers need to be physically fit, a good walker and be able to run short distances (yes, the kids love the trot!). Skills in handling ponies and horses and speaking Portuguese are desirable but not essential.
Good hearing is a must and the ability to teamwork, plus the desire to help the community and young children and adults with impairments who may benefit from this valuable therapy.
Volunteers would need to be present at Pinetrees Riding Centre in Almancil on Fridays, from 10am to 11am, or until 12 noon if doing a longer session.
If you would like to know more, contact the coordinator for the volunteers, Sue Moulding, on 918 831 551 (WhatsApp) or Bev on 919 363 190 (Pinetrees).