A HORSE therapy organisation has been awarded an £8,000 lottery grant.

Bodster Equine Assisted Learning CIC was one of 30 community projects in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to receive a share of the £576,000 funding pot.

It will spend the money on its 'ponies connecting communities' project — an intergenerational project that aims to reduce the stigma around ageing and encourage community cohesion.

The funding will support twenty people over the age of 50 to run sessions for younger adults, teaching them crafts and encouraging them to engage with nature, as well as joining them in mindfulness activities with ponies.

Jo Boddington, from Bodster, said: “Thank you so much to National Lottery players as without this grant we would not be able to run this project and offer a space where older and younger adults can have the space to enjoy nature and be with our herd of ponies on the ground and regain a sense of self-worth.

"We gain amazing feedback from people we work with about how this is one of the only spaces where they feel comfortable to talk about their worries.

"The common interest of ponies, nature and crafts will help the two groups interact and develop friendships and support networks.”

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