The Impact of our Work
People with disabilities and additional needs often struggle to find opportunities to take part in inclusive sports, leisure and development activities and in particular outdoor activities. Horse-riding and other horse-based activities can offer these opportunities and research shows they have real positive impact on physical and mental health, skills acquisition, social interaction, self-esteem and self-confidence.
Monitoring and feedback shows that the work of Conquest Centre gives huge benefits to clients. For example:
- During 2018 we used an outcomes tracker designed by the Riding for the Disabled Association to assess the impact of our work on 15 new clients. Within one term of beginning lessons, 67% had made improvements in confidence, 53% had made improvements in enjoyment and relationships, 60% had made physical improvements, 40% had made improvements in communication skills and 80% had made improvements in horsemanship!
- A client survey in Summer 2018 demonstrated a range of positive effects from our work. For example, 91% of clients responding said Conquest Centre helps them to learn and to get fit and healthy, 97% said they have fun at Conquest, 76% said Conquest Centre helps them make friends, and 87% said they feel more relaxed after a visit to the centre.
- A questionnaire circulated to everyone registered on our Student Programme in July 2019 showed, 100% of those responding agreed or strongly agreed that they had gained new skills as a Student at Conquest Centre and that they found it easier to learn at Conquest than at school or college, 90% felt more likely to get a job because of their time as a Conquest Centre Student, 100% felt more confident through being a Student at Conquest Centre, and 96% felt they were fitter and healthier though being a Student at Conquest Centre.
Massive improvement in communication since the sessions began – he now talks all the time. There has also been real physical development, for example he has started kneeling.
I love coming to Conquest and look forward to every day.
Enriches the lives of the clients and their support staff and families.
Sessions have improved my concentration skills, helped me to relax and particularly make friends.