Follyfoot is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company run by a qualified children’s social worker and is fully DBS checked and insured.
Follyfoot is currently the only equine therapeutic centre in the UK specialising in using horses to help people affected by cancer. Follyfoot is a place where individuals or groups who have suffered life changing or challenging experiences can come to seek comfort, gain confidence, improve communication skills or simply have fun by interacting with one of the most intuitive creatures – the horse.
Just like us, the horses at Follyfoot come in all shapes and sizes, with different personalities and needs, which helps us understand our own needs a little better. Their amazing non-verbal language can help identify and build on our own thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
The type of work we do is known as Therapeutic Horsemanship. It encourages all types of people from all backgrounds – regardless of age or ability – to experience the healing powers of these beautiful, gentle and sensitive creatures.
In addition to our work with people affected by cancer, by working in partnership with our horses to help improve, physical, mental and emotional well being, we are able to provide therapeutic services to support those facing challenges such as mental health issues, depression, or illness.
Our facilities enable us to work with young people and adults with physical or learning disabilities, challenging behaviour and autism.
A visit to Follyfoot can benefit anyone who feels they have a need to learn more about themselves and improve their confidence.
We raise money to support our therapeutic work through donations. All the donations received from our Pony (and Unicorn!) Parties help directly with funding the children and adults who attend Follyfoot for therapeutic support.