New lessons commencing from Monday 15th May 2023
As from 15th May 2023 we will be holding the following sessions. We need volunteers to assist with all these sessions. If you are able to help at any of them then please come along, even if you can’t committ to helping each week whatever time you can give will be gratefully received.
Monday – 11am-12pm; 1pm-1.45pm; 2pm-2.45pm
Tuesday – 10.15am-11.00am; 11.30am-12.15pm; 1.00pm-1.45pm
Thursday – 10.15am-11.00am; 11.30am-12.15pm; 1.00pm-1.45pm; 1.45pm-2.30pm
Friday – 10.15am-11.00am; 11.30am-12.15pm; 1.45pm-2.30pm
AFTERNOON TEA WITH A PONY
Second Monday of each month between 2pm and 3pm
(excluding bank holidays and school holidays)
RDA created Tea with a Pony in response to the growing number of people living with dementia, for whom horse-riding may not be suitable but who might be helped by some other form of animal-assisted activity involving horses.
Tea with a Pony is a simple, yet very effective session and Morpeth RDA are now inviting care home residents and those living in their own homes to enjoy a cup of tea and cake, at Kirkley Hall with Morpeth RDA, whilst revisiting memories from years gone by. It is has become clear from information feeding back to RDA National that these sessions also impact the carers and family members in a positive way.
Tea with a Pony began in 2018 and it was found for some participants, the connection with horses is much deeper. One lady got so much from her session that her daughter said:
“It seems to have helped her memory, I’m not sure how, but it has, and, more than anything, it’s been like a light has turned back on again. It’s the warmth of an animal, an animal that trusts you – the present fades away and it takes her back to just warm memories.”
Tea with a Pony sessions will run on the second Monday of every month. If you are interested, or if you know someone who would like to attend a Tea with a Pony session please get in touch.
If you would like to join us at any of the above events please contact the Trustees via the email address below.