Who We Support
The Corfe Mullen Carnival is pleased to be able to support the following Charities and Community Organisations.
Lytchett RDA is a team of volunteers offering riding therapy to local children. We have been running weekly riding sessions from Rushall Park Stables in Corfe Mullen ever since 1980, using ponies kindly loaned by Richard Dixon. Our riders are children aged 3 to 10 years with different 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 greatly enjoy the freedom of movement that riding gives them. At the same time it is helping them to develop core strength, balance and coordination.
Many of our riders have autistic spectrum disorders, and our games and activities help them in their speech and understanding. They also form strong bonds with our wonderful kind ponies, and greatly look forward to coming to ride. Their parents and the school staff also recognize and greatly appreciate the beneficial effects of these weekly sessions. Our wonderful team of volunteers really enjoy them too, and they are just as delighted as the children by every little milestone achieved.
In February 2017 we began operating on a second morning each week, so that we now run sessions every Thursday and Friday morning during school 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. So we are absolutely delighted to have been chosen as one of the Carnival charities again this year, and we are very 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.