Service Above Self
Rotary Club of Taunton
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The Conquest Centre

 

The Conquest Centre, first established in 1965 is based just outside Taunton and provides activities and horse riding opportunities for the disabled.  Speaking at one of our regular lunch-time meetings Rhoda Groody, who runs the Centre, highlighted the benefits of working with animals for those who have disabilities and learning difficulties.  Age is not a barrier and participants currently range for 3 – 83 years old. They access over 220 activities including riding and interacting with the ponies and horses.  The staff at the Centre place great emphasis upon ‘Ability’ not disability and work with individuals, their families and carers.

 

The Centre has a positive impact on the wellbeing of those with disabilities and the stimulating activities help them gain confidence. The Centre’s extensive resources including a sensory room, a herd of 13 horses, other animals and outside 'adventure area' provides a positive emotional environment, creating enjoyment and calm for all.

 

The Centre runs on voluntary contributions, with 8 full-time staff members and the help of 69 regular volunteers. Visitors and members of the public can use the café run by the volunteers.

If you want to help, make a contribution or become a volunteer, the Conquest Centre would love to hear from you.

 

Those with disabilities of any age who wish to participate should also contact the Centre for more information.

Contact: Rhoda Groody at the Conquest Centre 01823 433614

 

www.conquestcentre.org.uk