Sirona Coronavirus (Covid-19) Current Position
Following consultation with Devon County Council and Torbay Council children’s services Sirona is remaining open with a limited timetable for vulnerable young people with a Education & Health Care Plan (EHCP) and social worker – subject to continuing Gov guidance. We have conducted a risk assessment outlining how we can work safely. This is subject to regular review and change as advised.
For our full statement and risk assessment, on our health & safety page, please click here.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Telephone: 01803 868779
Social distancing is crucial to preventing the spread of the coronavirus. Our commitment to keeping our participants, staff, volunteers, friends and the wider community safe remains our primary objective. However, social distancing has severely impacted our income, by preventing us from holding our usual fundraising activities, events and courses.
You can help by joining our Sponsor a Pony Scheme, supported by our patron Nicholas Evans, author of The Horse Whisperer. “Lockdown has been really hard for so many charities and Sirona is no exception. Our Sponsor a Pony scheme is a great way for anyone who loves these fabulous animals to help keep us going. Every sponsorship helps us help those who so urgently need us.”
Or perhaps you would like to help, in your own unique way, by holding a fundraiser for us? We would love to share the fun ways you are helping us. Get in touch and let us know.
We have moved!
After many years of planning and fundraising, we have finally moved to our beautiful new bespoke centre on the Dartington Hall Estate, near Totnes. The site is nestled in ten acres on the edge of a beautiful south facing valley surrounded by trees and nature. We have a purpose built open barn where the horses can range freely, separate stables, an undercover session area, classroom, an arena, separate round pen and a copse where we will be developing nature based activities.
We look forward to seeing you there soon.
More details and MAP of where we are
See our crowdfunder film on our work here:
Therapeutic Horsemanship is one of a range of equine-assisted activities with the aim of bringing about benefits in well-being and increasing resilience so leading to more positive life outcomes.
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT), Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) are commonly associated interventions and terms. At Sirona we offer TH, EAT and EAL with a fully qualified team of therapists and teachers, alongside staff with equine qualifications.
A relationship based on trust and partnership facilitates rewarding horse-human interaction. The approach taken by Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship can be described as ‘positive horsemanship’ as both horse and person are simultaneously learner and teacher. The benefits of horse-human interaction are particularly felt by people for whom self-esteem, trust and confidence has posed challenges.
We work supporting people to:
• Examine behavioural issues in a non-confrontational way
• Increase self-esteem and self-confidence
• Increase verbal and non-verbal communication skills as well as assertiveness
• Develop trust, respect, boundaries and compassion
• Build a sense of responsibility and empowerment
• Develop transferable skills and provide an educational resource
• Improve physical health with the associated benefits to mental health
• Have fun!