Porthcawl’s Liberty Horses project needs partners or sponsors to come on board

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A PORTHCAWL project giving disadvantaged people a chance to learn about horses, is looking for businesses to become partners or sponsors.

Liberty Horses, a social enterprise in the town, was set up to help young people specifically — but now exclusively — to improve their personal and social development.

The project aims to improve their life skills through natural horsemanship, riding and working with horses.

The Nottage-based business has over the past year seen Katy Overton and Keziah Rhoden introduce 200 participants to handling horses, horse agility, horsemanship and personal development through their learning programme and pony days.

“The initiative was created to share the joy of horses and the benefits of natural horsemanship within the practical reach of those with a lack of time, funds and experience,” said director and secretary Ms Overton.

This year, Liberty Horses has launched a pony share scheme.

“We understand that the daily commitment of owning a pony outright is often too much of a burden for today’s busy families,” she added.

“The scheme turns your pony-owning dreams into a reality, with all the fun, a fraction of the expense and none of the worry or everyday responsibilities.”

To mark its first birthday, the project is organising a taster session for prospective partners, to take place on Friday, January 31, from 10am to noon.

The session will include a presentation and demonstration, with attendees able to take part in some of the activities carried out with service users.

“For interested sponsors, the benefits we can offer are recognition for supporting a third sector organisation, logos on all printed and electronic publicity materials, sponsor’s stand at events, and sponsor’s branding on durable items. We will also offer accreditation in press releases.”

Liberty Horses received £3,400 from the EU-supported South East Wales Community Economic Development (SEWCED) programme towards a feasibility study to help it assess the size of the market and plan to create a sustainable organisation.

“The investment from SEWCED allowed Liberty Horses to contract a team of consultants to carry out the study into the viability of the community-focused business,” said Bridgend Council social economy officer Carly McCreesh.

“The results were useful in assessing the market and potential funding opportunities, enabling the business to develop a plan for future growth.”

Article source: http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Porthcawl-s-Liberty-Horses-project-needs-partners/story-20506589-detail/story.html