Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre is an inner-city community riding school based on The Wormwood Scrubs Park. The Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) member offers riding lessons for young people with learning difficulties and physical disabilities, aiming to provide a safe environment for individuals to flourish.
EMR Willesden has provided £3,000 to enable five young people to take part in a 12-week riding course. This not only boosts young people's physical health but also helps them to learn a new skill and develop friendships which they can take forward with them into adult life.
Lisa Vekaria, Weighbridge Administrator at EMR Willesden, commented:
“Physical activities play a vital part in a young person's life and supports their development.
“The young people that Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre support not only get the opportunity to learn a new sport but they also get the opportunity to be around their peers. They also interact with the animals, both of which help to reduce any social isolation that they may face. We cannot wait to see the difference that our donation will make to their lives.”
The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre is one of several organisations to benefit from EMR’s Young Futures Reimagined initiative, a programme which aims to help young people across the country to build bright futures.
Mary Joy Langdon of Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre added:
"Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre was established by Sister Mary Joy Langdon BEM over 30 years ago and is a community based charity focusing on working with children and young people with learning, physical or behavioural challenges.
“EMR Willesden reached out to WSPC and through their Young Futures Reimagined programme we are the proud recipients of a very generous donation of £3,000.”