Our friends at the Dormansland VillageVoice, have written a super 3 page editorial featuring Viewpoint Centre which hopefully explains what we do, how it works and our future expansion plans!
BBC South Today visits the Sussex hub of TheHorseCourse
Well done to Parkfield Equine Solutions CIO - the Sussex hub of TheHorseCourse.
Viewpoint Centre CIO is very proud to be the Surrey hub facilitating the world leading in evidenced based Courses in Dormansland.
Warmly welcoming new trustee, Lynne Rowland
Lynne is a recently retired chartered tax adviser with over 30 years professional experience, latterly as a partner in Moore Kingston Smith, but also with experience gained within the Big-4 as well as small local firms. As a private client specialist living in Redhill, Lynne has worked with a wide spectrum of private clients, dealing with individuals and their personal and business interests, and has regularly had her articles and opinions published in both technical and national newspapers. With three adult children and currently three equine members of the family, Lynne appreciates the positive impact that horses can have on wellbeing and self esteem and is delighted to have been invited to become more involved with Viewpoint.
Wishing you peace, health and happiness in 2022!
Quiz Night at The Plough Inn Dormansland
A heartfelt THANK YOU to all our family, friends and supporters who helped to make our pub quiz, raffle and auction such a resounding success! Your collective generosity and hard work have raised a total of £2935 at our first in-person fundraiser in two very long years.
A big shout out to Templespa Skincare, Stirrups Equestrian Supplies, Jane Johansson Art, Kelly Firmin Photography, Lingfield Park Resort, Bumble and Fizz, Bullswood Skirmish, Keston Gun Club, Kingsley Farm Christmas Trees, Squerryes and Sarah Carr at Longview Gardens for donating some fantastic raffle and auction prizes.
Viewpoint Centre Open Again! - June 2020
We are officially open again for ReStart courses, Top-Ups, Lighter Touch sessions and Non Verbal Toolbox training for participants and/or family groups from the same household. We will carry out a safety assessment on a case by case basis in the light of Covid-19 before confirming a booking.
The overall risk of virus transmission is low at Viewpoint Centre: our courses are 1:1 and we operate in a large, well ventilated indoor or outdoor arena right away from other people on-site, of which the numbers are low. We will strive to adhere to the 2m social distancing rule, but with humans and horses in the mix this cannot be guaranteed. Participants to have to make their own judgement call on whether they are happy to go ahead or not.
We have a full set of amended policies detailing all planned safety measures from now on, including: participant risk assessments for completion, signage, 2m tape marking (where possible) and hand washing facilities (which will be well stocked with soap/hand sanitiser).
If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to get in touch!
Coronavirus Update, Courses on hold - 25 March 2020
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak and current government restrictions, we have taken the difficult decision to put our courses on hold until further notice.
If you have a course booked within the next three months, we will be in touch to re-schedule. In the meantime, our phone lines are open, our voicemail is active and Katie is on hand to offer telephone support on the usual telephone number: 0300 772 9692.
Coronavirus and Visiting Viewpoint Centre - 17 March 2020
Like most settings, Viewpoint Centre are operating a business as usual policy until further notice, so please be assured we are open and sessions are happening as normal. However, with all the media attention focused on the coronavirus at the moment we wanted to take a moment to update you all on our position here.
Viewpoint Centre Newsletter - Winter 2019 Edition
Katie, Emily and the four-legged team hope you have a very merry Christmas as we gallop into 2020!
Please find our "Round-Up for 2019" here
Our 'Non Verbals Toolbox' launches Winter 2019!
Drawing upon our horse-based method (with an option for a horse taster session at the end if delivered at Viewpoint Stables) the new course is aimed at frontline professionals and parents/carers or any business, group or individual wishing to enhance their skills in reading and responding to non-verbal communication to manage difficult behaviours more effectively and gain a better understanding of their own emotions in order to do that.
This new practical and fun workshop-style module, which can be delivered both on and off-site, will not only teach essential skills to help those living or working with difficult, shut down or disengaged young people to set everyone up for success, it will trigger a wider, gradual cascade effect within the wider community to create long lasting change in homes and settings where change is most needed.
Find out more about it here
Viewpoint Centre Open Day - September 2019
We were delighted to welcome along the High Sheriff of Surrey Bridget Biddell, who spoke passionately about her theme for her year of office 'Nurture through Surrey's Nature' and the nurturing quality of our horses and courses as we aim to help those most 'at risk' in our community from our HQ in the heart of Surrey Hills AONB. She also presented us with a Certificate of Recognition for the vital work we are doing to make Surrey safer before getting 'hands-on' with her four legged friend, Billy.
We also welcomed Cllr Lesley Steeds and guests from YMCA East Surrey, Surrey Family Services, Young Epilepsy, Route 4 Alternative Learning Provision @ The Warwick School Redhill as well as valued family, friends and supporters.
During the event we presented and demo-ed our two main activities:
RESTART: 5-day one-to-one equine-assisted behavioural intervention aimed at 'at risk' young people who are professionally referred to the programme
NON-VERBAL TOOLBOX: a new 2-hour potted version of the RESTART (with an option for a horse taster)
Disco Quiz Night - June 2019
A big thankyou to everyone who participated in our fantastic Disco Quiz Night for Viewpoint Centre.
Great Plough Dog Walk - February 2019
The Plough Inn have designated Viewpoint Centre as their charity for 2019 and in February they hosted their first ever 'Great Plough Dog Walk', a circular route from The Plough up to Viewpoint Centre and back, which raised £512 for Viewpoint Centre. Watch this space for more dog walking dates in 2019!
Viewpoint Centre Quiz Night - January 2019
Thanks to everyone who participated in our fantastic fundraising quiz night for Viewpoint Centre.
Viewpoint Centre Newsletter - Winter 2018 Edition
Following a very busy, exciting and successful launch year up at Viewpoint Centre, we were delighted to produce and share our very first newsletter!
It was warmly received and we hope that it will be the first of many!
See a copy of the newsletter here
Viewpoint Centre Open Day - September, 2018
Guests including the High Sherriff of Surrey were welcomed to Viewpoint Centre to see a short demo of our work and hear about our plans for 2018-19.
Read more about the successful event below:
BBC Radio Surrey - Interview with Katie below
The Horse and Hound - September, 2018
"Horse Power helps young people back on their feet" - Read Eleanor Jones's article in the September 2018 issue of The Horse and Hound here.
Camino de Santiago - June, 2018
In June, Natalie Comber and Louise Nash successfully completed the famous "El Camino de Santiago" ( it's a 115km walk from Sarria to Satiago de Compostela in Gallicia, Northern Spain ) Together, they raised a whopping £2,205 for Viewpont Centre. Well done and thank you so much ladies!
Councillor Lesley Steeds visit - February, 2018
Delighted to welcome Councillor Lesley Steeds to Viewpoint Centre last week to personally award participants their end of course certificates and mugs that she so generously funded.
And we're off ! - September, 2017
We were delighted to announce that Viewpoint Centre was open for business and we welcomed our very first ReStart participants on Monday 18th September 2017.
"Proud to sponsor the first ReStart course and wishing the Viewpoint Centre all the very best with this most worthwhile project." Margaret-Anne Trench, BarrCo Ltd
Launch of Viewpoint Centre - June, 2017
Viewpoint Centre welcomed 25 invited guests including youth workers, teachers, country and district councillors, press, networking and funding contacts and other key people, plus the creator/founder of The Horse Course Harriet Laurie. After a short introduction from Harriet, Katie facilitated three volunteers from the audience through some of the highly engaging horse-based tasks typically used with ReStart participants including asking the horse to step up onto a pedestal, jump over barrels and even play football, followed by a Q&A. It was a resounding success generating much interest in terms of funding and referrals. For those who were not able to attend or who would be interested in finding out more about our work, we will be running a similar event in September.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
The launch event was covered in the local press: