Ex-Convicts Receive Equine Therapy Rehabilitation From Key4Life Charity
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Participants take part in Key4Life’s rehabilitation programme which includes work with horses at the residential retreat centre, on September 22, 2021 in Butleigh near Glastonbury, United Kingdom. The Key4Life charity, started by CEO Eva Hamilton, MBE, works with ex-offenders through their seven-step equine therapy rehabilitation programme to break the cycle of crime, prison, more crime. During the equine therapy sessions young men complete exercises with horses to help them increase their emotional awareness and unlock pain, build trust and stronger boundaries, move through obstacles holding them back, and support them to take steps towards a positive future. Compared to the national proven re-offending rate of 64% one year post-release those completing the Key4Life rehabilitiaon are only 16% more likely to re-offend. Livvy Adams, Founder of Paintedhorse CIC, who leads the equine therapy sessions, says: “It’s wonderful to witness the change in the men, from when they first see the horses to when they finish the final exercise – they’re standing taller, they're generally smiling, their whole demeanour changes. Many of them have been continuously told they’ll never amount to anything. And today, when we just said - ‘That was really well done’ - you could see the change happening instantly. They know our praise is genuine, and they grow, they expand into a greater version of themselves.”
Tomorrow, 23 Sept 2021, Alderman William Russell, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, hosts the YOUNITED Flag award where the first 15 UK companies to employ ex-offenders will receive recognition from the Key4Life Charity.
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