TheHorseCourse reduces social exclusion through horsemanship-based interventions. To this end we work hard on innovative programme development, robust testing of efficacy and careful replication. In addition, we aim to widely disseminate what is found to be effective, raising standards in this field.
We are developing a group of carefully trained facilitators. See the team page.
Horses in Prison
TheHorseCourse project began as an Offending Behaviour Program focusing on disengaged and disruptive violent offenders.
An Evidence Review, including Theory of Change and Contribution Analysis has been published with NPC and CLINKS, under an MoJ-commissioned project "Improving your Evidence". TheHorseCourse was chosen as an exemplar - a small charity doing a great job of demonstrating impact. Latest data shows that 12 months post release our participants have a reoffending rate 27 % points lower than predicted. This compares with a 10% maximum expected by MoJ. This document has been peer reviewed by CSAAP (Correctional Services Accreditation & Advisory Panel), Ministry of Justice.
We are now working towards NOMS commissioning through PSO 4350 and would welcome the opportunity to work with the new Probation Services and CRCs in the community as well as within secure estates.
Horses for Youth
Much of our work is in the community with young people and families referred by a range of partners: Childrens Services, Schools, PRUs, Youth Offending Teams, The Children's Society, Action for Children, Children & Adolescent Mental Health Service, Behaviour Support, Troubled Families.
Work is funded both through statutory provision and charitable foundations, including Children in Need and the Monument Trust.
Early results show that TheHorseCourse is very successful in engaging young people and delivering outcomes. We are working on larger studies with the help of Charities Evaluation Services (part of NCVO) and Bournemouth University.
Horses in Mental Health
This is an area we are building on, in response to demand from would-be referrers: NHS, private and VSCE. We have ongoing work in youth mental health, but have yet to fully establish our value in adult services. Funding is being sought for pilots in this area.
We are working in partnership with Dorset Mental Health Forum to develop a number of pilots within NHS settings, including Rehab Services, Crisis Service and Acute Inpatient settings. Dorset Mental Health Forum is part of the Wellbeing & Recovery Partnership (ImROC demo site), working on NHS Mental Health Service redesign across the whole of Dorset. Results will be monitored by UDMH (University of the Department of Mental Health).