Savvy Ranch, Cottage Lane, Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, LE9 6PD
Horse Savvy gives adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to look after horses and chickens, maintain the land, grow vegetables and take part in rural crafting activities.
Founded in 2011, and now based on a farm in Potters Marston, trainees can learn transferable life and work skills within a safe setting. Trainees must be prepared to work outdoors all year round in all weather conditions.
Rebecca is an adult with learning difficulties, and her family were worried about her options when it came to future employment opportunities.
Rebecca started volunteering with Horse Savvy, getting involved in a variety of outdoor tasks. From the very outset, Rebecca was motivated and clearly enjoying her time at the farm.
As a result of working with Horse Savvy, Rebecca has developed problem solving skills enabling her to become a more independent adult. This includes being able to assist with domestic tasks, such as making her own bed, tidying, emptying the bins – and making cups of tea for her family!
Most importantly of all, Rebecca has now secured regular paid work with the project. As a valuable member of our team, Rebecca has her own wages and she’s even paying into a pension.
Rebecca’s parents shared their thoughts on their daughter’s progress:
“As parents of a daughter with special needs it is sometimes difficult to know what she is capable of. I was amazed that she knew which days she was going to work and the appropriate clothes to wear.
After a while I noticed that she was being more helpful in her own way, around the home. The routines put in place at 'work' meant that she was getting routines at home too.
The work ethos and routines have benefitted her enormously and I can see a real change in her independence levels. She has found a vocation which, not only does she enjoy, but greatly benefits from.”