Ride High is a registered charity based in Milton Keynes. We aim to help disadvantaged children and those having difficulties in their daily lives, by giving them the opportunity to learn to ride and look after horses and ponies. The support we offer as a charity helps children that are having difficulties socially, emotionally, and economically as well as difficulties with their behaviour.
Some of these children may be in the care of social services or are at risk of being in trouble with the police; they may be being bullied at school or even have been excluded from school. These young people often have little or no parental support and may be living in an environment dominated by poverty, drugs or alcohol. As a result they may have low levels of academic achievement and have difficulty in dealing with the demands of school and home life. Very often this is a result in feelings of isolation, low self esteem and/or destructive activity.
At Ride High we are promoting positive destinations for the children, possibly into the equine industry. As well as our Ride High classroom sessions, in which the children work on their written and communication skills, we also try to provide the children with trips to places of interest throughout the year.
Tony, aged 9
Prior to starting Ride High Tony described himself as a child who had no talents and who was not good at anything. He was an unconfident child who had few friends. Now on his third term with Ride High he is a different child. He now reports that he has a skill and talents and lots of friends. When he talks about Ride High he is animated and excited to express what he does, he is extremely attached to “his” horse Hagrid! He has had a difficult year moving from the care of his mother to another relative, however Ride High has provided him with much needed stability and nurturing.
(Social worker, Milton Keynes council )
There are many more children just like Tony who would benefit from the support of Ride High. If you would like to find out more about Ride High and how you can support us, please do not hesitate to contact on the details below.
Aspire & Ride High
The team at Aspire Personnel support the charity Ride High, both with financial donations, but also with their time. Aspire visit Ride High to take part in presentation evenings, where the children present their work to the Aspire team, asking for feedback and constructive pointers
to help them progress. Aspire also assist the children of Ride High with CV writing, writing cover letters and preparing for their next phase or their future career. The team at Aspire also interact with the children to help increase confidence and offer advice on future career prospects.
A recent visit to Ride High saw Sue and Donna from Aspire, listening to each of the children talk about and present work they had recently completed; in an informal group environment. It was clear to see each of the children’s characters developing and becoming more confident with every word spoken.