Who We Support
The Corfe Mullen Carnival is pleased to be able to support the following Charities and Community Organisations.
This Club provides a freshly cooked lunch for the elderly on Wednesdays in term-time, and provides a friendly atmosphere in which the members can socialise and enjoy a chat together. There are 32 members, and approximately 15 volunteers who prepare the meals, which take place at St Nicholas Church.
The club is seeking £400, which would pay for two buses to take Members and volunteers to Pines Hotel, Swanage for lunch and a short tour around. One of the vehicles is suitable for those with mobility problems. This annual outing is especially important to those club members who have difficulty getting out.
Lytchett RDA is a team of volunteers offering riding therapy to local children, and 2020 is a very special year for us as it marks our 40th anniversary. Ever since 1980 the group has been offering weekly riding sessions from Rushall Park Stables in Corfe Mullen, using ponies kindly loaned by Richard Dixon. Our riders are children aged 3 to 10 years with physical and learning difficulties. Many of them come out to us by minibus from Montacute School. The children really look forward to the contact with the ponies, and enjoy the greater freedom of movement that riding can give them. It also helps them to develop core strength, balance and coordination.
Many of our riders have autistic spectrum disorders, and our games and activities also help them in the development of speech and understanding. The beneficial effects of these regular riding sessions are recognized and greatly appreciated by their parents and the school staff. Our wonderful team of volunteers really enjoy the weekly sessions too, and they are just as delighted as the children by every little milestone achieved.
In February 2017 we started operating on a second morning every week, and we now run sessions every Thursday and Friday morning in term time. This has allowed us to nearly double the riding opportunities that we can offer to local children. In the 2018-2019 school year we gave over 420 rides to 40 different riders. This would not have been possible without the support of our many benefactors. Their generous donations pay for the hire of the ponies and the purchase of riding and play equipment. The Corfe Mullen Carnival Committee have always been one of our greatest supporters, and we have benefited enormously from their generosity in the past. We are delighted to have been chosen as one of the Carnival charities again in our milestone year, and we are hugely grateful to all of the Committee for their continuing support.
We are always pleased to welcome new volunteers too! Find out more about us at www.lytchettrda.org.uk
The idea of our group started when the East Dorset portage team met up for a SEN summer event, and all parents and carers felt that it would be nice if there was something more frequent as there are sadly no preschool age groups locally to help support children with SEN but unfortunately this was not possible for them to organise. With the support of the Children’s Centre & Action for Children providing us with the use of the Corfe Mullen children’s centre, 3 mums came together to create a fun, safe place for children to play and parents/carers to get together for support. We made posters and gave out some details to portage, Children’s Centres and Poole children’s development centre and Something Special was created.
We now have a social media page and website, and have reached out to the community to help spread the word so that we can keep providing a much-needed service for local preschool children with any kind of additional needs, as well as support for the parents and carers. We have around 8-10 regular children at our weekly sessions and more at half-term. Parents and carers that get together to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere, with no judgement and lots of advice and support.
We run throughout the half-term holidays so that children who are currently at preschool on the days and times we run can benefit too, hosting parties, special events and lots of different arts & crafts and sensory/messy play and music time.
We feel this has provided a good use of the Children’s Centre and have received lots of support from the village in helping us to continue this project and expand.