Haworth Riding for the Disabled (HRDA) is one of two projects based in Yorkshire and Huberside sharing £885,623 won from the Big Lottery Fund's Reaching Communities Programme. The centre, in Bradford, offers recreation, therapy, and training for people with physical and learning disabilities.
It is planning to use the money to provide group and individual riding lessons for young disabled people, as well as lessons in stable management.
The project has the aim to be able to reach 800 individuals, volunteers, families and community organisations in areas of North and West Yorkshire and Lancashire. The manager of the HRDA, Jackie Butterfeild, said “This funding is important as it allows us to maintain our current staffing level which means that we can continue to deliver our unique form of therapy to individuals with physical and learning disabilities.
“We will be able to continue to support over 300 current beneficiaries helping them to improve flexibility, core strength, fine and gross motor skills, self-confidence, self-esteem and general wellbeing, ultimately supporting their independence and helping prevent their marginalisation from the activities of the wider community.”
Alison Rowe, a Big Lottery Fund spokeswoman, said “Both projects receiving lottery good cause funding today are providing people with positive opportunities enabling them to lead more fulfilled lives. Disabled people will hopefully feel more empowered and in control of their situation. These projects will help people feel much less isolated and more confident in their communities.”