Meet the Team
Heather, Alison, Sophie, Sam and Bryony are our Equine Assisted Learning Facilitators. They enjoy working with adults and children of all abilities. They take a positive, non-judgemental approach to their work. They like to take time to find out about people so that the programme of sessions can be tailored to meet their individual needs. They will work with you towards your aims and objectives during the programme. Most importantly they want you to feel welcome, relaxed and comfortable during the sessions, as this creates a good atmosphere for learning and to enjoy the process.
In addition to our facilitators we also have Donna who does a fantastic job supporting us with our animal care and we have a great work experience student doing post 16 qualifications who helps out with all aspects of our work from animal care to assisting with sessions as needed. We also have some animal care volunteers who are a wonderful help to us all!
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Wiltshire EAL 7 years ago. She has completed specialist Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator training and has owned horses for 15 years. She is a Registered Nurse with 20 years experience as a Macmillan nurse and educator.
She is a qualified post 16 tutor and assessor as well as having knowledge and skills to work with children and adults with complex needs.
She has a specialist interest in teaching communication skills and in bereavement work and dementia care.
Alison Smith: Facilitator
Alison has been with us for 5 years. She has also undertaken specialist Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator training.
As well as having a Masters Degree and a teaching qualification Alison has over 15 years experience as a writer, editor and communications specialist and has worked with major organisations and charities to implement global press relations campaigns.
She has extensive experience working with learners with all level of need and has been undertaking counselling training which benefits her learners during her sessions.
Sam joined us in early 2019. She is a qualified Primary School Teacher with many years experience. She has also been a deputy Headteacher and SENCO.
Sam is also qualified as an Educational Psychologist and worked in this role for several years.
She has had experience with horses and other animals and brings her Greyhound, Lainy, to work with her every day.
She has a very learner centred approach bringing all of her skills and expertise to her work with our learners.
Bryony also joined us in early 2019. Bryony has worked as a Teaching Assistant and holds a Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools. She also holds a National Diploma in Animal Care.
Bryony has a love of all animals and the outdoors and particularly has a wealth of experience with horses having owned and ridden her own horse for many years.
Bryony brings her creativity and love of nature into her sessions.
Sophie Taylor: Facilitator
Sophie joined us in March 2017. She has a degree in Horticulture, is a qualified teacher and Post 16 assessor with extensive experience in working with learners with all level of need.
Sophie is a keen horse rider and brings a wealth of knowledge about horses and holds Stage 3 British Horse Society qualifications.
Sophie is holds a Level 3 Forest School Leaders qualification and can offer outdoor learning provision and 1:1 Forest School sessions.