Wellies for Wellness

The Mare and Foal Sanctuary Education Team needs your support for the Wellies for Wellness programme by liking and sharing our Crowdfunding campaign.

The Calor Rural Community Fund is offering us the chance to receive a grant of up to £5,000 for the Wellies for Wellness project, a programme that aims to offer people the experience of being outside with horses and ponies in nature.

To receive this grant, we need your help in liking and sharing our Crowdfunding page. The projects with the most likes and shares by the 16th July will progress to the next stage of the application.

The project

Why? Following the coronavirus pandemic, we see that there will be an urgent need to offer our local community access to the outdoor world. We will offer opportunities for people to experience the benefits of being outside with horses and ponies in nature, which is good for our health, happiness and well being.

Who?  Everyone can benefit from attending ‘Wellies for Wellness’ events particularly family and community groups.

What? ‘Wellies for Wellness’ will be a half day or full day event which will include an insight into day to day life at the sanctuary with our rescued horses and ponies and outdoor learning activities at our beautiful 80 acre site which includes a woodland area and panoramic views overlooking Dartmoor.  Examples of activities include: den building, making kites and lanterns, exploring habitats and cooking together outdoors.

Where? Mare & Foal Sanctuary Equestrian and Education Centre Coombe Park, Littlehempston, Totnes, TQ9 6LW


When? Monthly events on the weekend for full or half day visits

How?  Our qualified and experienced education team will provide a safe, fun and inclusive environment for the ‘Wellies for Wellness’ events.

We will be able to accommodate up to 20 participants at each event.

Wellies for Wellness sessions will equip people with new skills that they can take away and offer opportunities to meet new people, connect and spend time together, gain in confidence and improve communication skills, whilst keeping fit and healthy outdoors in nature.

We met with local Community groups to discuss this project. The reaction was incredibly positive; it was agreed that these programmes could be extremely valuable, particularly within the socially and emotionally disadvantaged groups. In a feedback Questionnaire on a similar programme, 100% of respondents rated the programme as excellent, with a very positive impact, with extremely friendly and supportive Sanctuary Staff and said that they would recommend the programme to friend or colleague.

How will we use Calor Funding?

We will use the money from the Calor funding to purchase essential equipment, tools and resources to set up and sustain our outdoor learning spaces within our woodland area and grounds at Coombe Park.

We will also purchase wellie boots and waterproofs for our participants to wear throughout the ‘Wellie for Wellness’ sessions as we are aware that not everyone has or can afford this outdoor footwear and clothing.

How could you help?

Unfortunately, we can’t offer this programme without the funding for essential equipment.

You could help us reach the next stage of funding by liking and sharing our Crowdfunding campaign page. All you need to do is login to Crowdfunder and share and like our Crowdfunder page on your social media feeds.

For every like and share, we receive 1 point and the projects with the most points by the 16th July will progress to the next stage. One step closer to receiving a £5,000 grant from The Calor Rural Community Fund.

For more information email education@mareandfoal.org

Or call 01626 355969 or 07842 061996 and ask for a member of the Education Team