THE IRISH MAN WHO SAVES THE HORSES!
Where there's life there's hope!
Charity Reg No: CHY 19316
“HOLLY” was their first rescue – a race horse who was owned by a consortium who was going to be sent to the factory & Joe being the only one they knew with a field, it was arranged Holly would go to Omeath, to Elaine & Joe.
Other rescues then began to arrive like Alfie the Donkey, & Buster and before long they were a 24/7 critical care center for countless rescues over the years. They are now a 100% voluntary national Equine rescue charity and over the past 7 yrs with the aid of their 24/7 critical care center & dedicated volunteers/supporters they have perused their passion to help countless national rescues.
Through our Equine therapy/Social Haven’s integration programmes we also strive to support government bodies, health care organisations & parents groups whose main aim is to continually work towards improving the personal needs & desires of those individuals in our communities who have “special needs” but wish to help us with our very special rescues, Our “Holly’s Special Helpers”.
Us humans rescuing the horses and them in turn rescuing us!
A Circle Of Love!
Our Social Haven is part of the new directions model for service provision for clients with intellectual disabilities, autism, & complex / challenging behavior.
Written by Dr. Mark Harrold,
Senior Clinical Psychologist with the Irish Health Board :-
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Web Site:- CLICK FOR DR, MARK HARROLD: – http://drmarkharrold.com/
In Ireland legend has it that at the end of every rainbow there is a pot of gold. While most of us continue to chase the rainbows in vain, there is a place which is real and is truly magical. It is called Holly’s Horse Haven which is on the border between Northern and Southern Ireland.
If you can imagine a place that rescues abused and vulnerable horses.
Imagine then that they welcome people with special needs to come and look after these horses.
And then they are supported by volunteers from both sides of the border. Religious and political persuasion are irrelevant. Only the need to support vulnerable members of the community (both people and animals) is what drives this wondrous location.
Holly’s is run by Elaine, Joe & family, they had a dream of setting up a rescue center of horses. When they started this journey they had no idea that it would turn out to be a place where people with special needs could learn, for the first time, that caring for others is just as important as looking out for themselves. Elaine and Joe welcomed people who had great difficulty adapting to the traditional routine of day care facilities. They have taught our vulnerable adults the importance of caring for others. For once, our people with special needs were learning how to give help and assistance rather than being on the receiving end of it. And for each and every one of them, it has proven to be a life changing experience. They no longer seek attention by acting out or becoming verbally or physically abusive. They have assumed the responsibility of looking after vulnerable animals and have thrived as a result. They recognise that the world does not revolve around them and that they have a lot of assistance and caring to give to vulnerable and needy animals
The volunteers, in turn, have been lifted by the presence of people who see the world in a slightly more simplified way than they do. And that has proven to be a hugely enhancing experience for them. Working with people with special needs compels the volunteers to slow down to their pace and to recognise the outstanding qualities people who have been written off by others possess. Joy, positively, non-judgmental and straight-talking are just some of the qualities people with special needs possess. They bring an enthusiasm to their work that most employer only dream about. Always on time and always good humored.
The animal welfare environment particularly seems to bring out the best in our vulnerable adults. Elaine and Joe are true visionaries. They are driven by the kindness in their hearts. They have opened Holly’s to all comers. Their warmth and generosity emanates from every corner of this little piece of Heaven. It truly does feel like the rainbow’s end. Various entities have collided to create what I consider to be the perfect place. And I have not yet even mentioned the tremendous success they have on an ongoing basis in rehabilitating hundreds of horses every year though out Ireland. But Elaine and Joe do not want to stop there.
Having learned so much from their experiences to date, they want to expand. They want to create residential units for vulnerable adults. They plan to expand the range of activities available to participants into areas such as horticulture and raising animals such as chickens and ducks. They dream of creating a state of the art facility right on the shore of the indescribably beautiful Carlingford Lough which is very close to the current facility.
If you are interested in helping make this dream come true, and in doing so enabling many more people with special needs lead meaningful lives in Ireland, please consider coming on board by contacting:
Please click for RTE TV / Winning Streak – Irish Good Causes footage!
LINK: Holly’s Social Haven: –
(Thank’s for supporting our “Equine Therapy Summer Camp for Special Needs / disadvantaged Kids 2014!)
We are just so excited to say Holly’s Horse Haven & our Equine therapy/”Special Needs” Holly’s Social Haven’s programmes were nominated for the National Lotteries Good Causes advertising campaign! What an honor!
(Please catch up with our story on Ireland AM on Tue 23rd June)
We have also been invited to be part of their Radio advertising campaign – For Good Causes, on air at present, Such excitement we are all so privileged to be asked to be part of this amazing experience.
Thanks to all at the National Lottery but especially to all of YOU! Who play every week and make supporting Good Causes in our country more than just a dream! X Elaine, Joe & all the Holly’s Volunteers
_______________________________________________________________We Need Space to help the Desperate Cases! Please help us to help them Adopt or Foster! Together we can make a difference! ALBUM RESCUES FOR REHOMING:- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hollys-Charity-Horses-for-Rehoming/641673755910508
Every penny makes a difference & by donating directly to Holly’s Horse Haven’s charity you can ensure that Holly’s “SPIRIT” lives on as “In her Name” we continue to make a informational difference in the lives of Holly’s rescued horses, ponies & donkeys that come into her charity!
Please support our charity by downloading the songs from our charity Cd with 100% of profits going to support our rescues & special needs programmes
USED FOR SPECIAL NEEDS PROGRAMMES
URGENT PLEASE HELP US FIND OUR WEE BAM BAM & TYSON
PLEASE READ: THE JOURNAL: – http://www.thejournal.ie/search/ponies%20/
OUR PONIES USED FOR OUR DISABILITY PROGRAMS / WHO HAVE BEEN STOLEN!
Our Boxing Day Sea Swim to support our rescues
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We recently lost our darling Holly, our first ever rescue Horse & inspiration for our charity.
Holly shared her love with us for over 10yrs and encouraged everyone who met her to become involved with unconditionally loving all her horsey friends who so desperately needed us humans to be there to love them