Riding for Smiles is feeling very happy after being awarded £30,000 from Children in Need. Thank you to everyone who donated to the CiN charity night on the BBC.
This grant will enable Riding for Smiles to continue its work with children from schools whose children have Special Educational Needs. This is what school staff said about the children who come along to Riding for Smiles
Improved Social Skills
“The activities have improved their social skills giving them a real sense of optimism.”
“Children have gone on to develop skills which has helped with their day-to-day interactions, communication and cooperation.”
“Children feel calmer and more talkative”.
Measurable growth in Confidence and Self Belief
“Low expectations from home and genuinely they don’t believe in themselves.”
Parents “Our children are more confident”.
“Alleviating anxiety has been noticeable”.
“Undoubtedly, each child has become calmer, more confident, their growth in confidence and mental well-being has been measurable and long-lasting”
Better control of behaviours
“RfS’s structured approach ensures that every child knows what is expected of them. Children with significant behavioural issues rose to the challenge”.
“Negative behaviours successfully addressed”
“There has been a noticeable difference in the classroom.”
“They liked the lessons; it gave them a sense of accomplishment”