" What Makes A Great School?
The Speed Which Children Enter In the Morning Compared To The Speed They Leave In The Afternoon"
Newsletter Issue 4
A HAPPY PLACE FOR HEALING
RDA Alice Springs is a busy, family-orientated centre, providing horse riding lessons and horse husbandry to riders of varying abilities.
For disadvantaged or disabled people being able to experience the free movement of riding a horse in a holistic, peaceful setting is empowering. The calming interaction with the horse affects other areas of their lives, helping the riders to be self-aware, present and hopeful for the future.
About The Program
RDA Alice Springs aims to promote social and emotional wellbeing through strengthening pathways to care and supporting young people at risk. Our new programs in development along with our existing programs offer a unique approach to helping people with mental, physical, emotional, social and learning disabilities or disadvantages. There is clear evidence that the RDA Alice Springs is creating significant shifts in community inclusion, access and quality of life by utilising individualised, best-practice methods and techniques designed to promote the highest possible level of independence.
RDA AS provides a structure and model that can support people to further these changes and create a future of opportunity, where their ability can be celebrated. These programs aim to break negative habits and behavioural cycles by helping ‘at risk’ young people to critically evaluate their experiences in school and in the community and help them set a positive course that supports their life goals. We focus on young people experiencing risk indicators that are linked to future homelessness, poor health outcomes and involvement in the child safety and youth justice systems. We consider these young people to be most at risk and in need of support. ‘At risk’ or ‘vulnerable’ young people are young people who need services the most due to multiple factors including:
While the benefits of therapeutic services such as RDA Alice Springs have been medically documented, statistics alone cannot fully describe the value of this service to the community.
The program is characterised by relationships that are, at their core, supporting the whole person in increasing their self-esteem and developing skills that will enable them to make positive choices.
To put it simply; the RDA program works and the benefits are ongoing.
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