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Charity Commission No: 20075644
Charity Reg No: CHY 19316
Through our experience and success with our reciprocal therapy Model we began developing our creature consciousness community through which we promote animal welfare and social development with a back to nature holistic, cultural and therapeutic approach. This concept was enhanced by a green prescription initiative offering an Eco therapy intervention to all those participating, Intervention components include: nature / Eco therapy, creature consciousness, Organic growing, mindfulness, physical activity, expressive arts, social connection, cultural skills and hence our need to develop our multi-faceted, multi-tiered model.
Group bookings only – Min 6 / Max 8
However individuals may visit our rescues 12pm – 5pm
(children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)
Click to help support our current 2017 “Light of Hope” fundraising candle with the £3 going towards supporting our own rescues here at Holly’s Horse Haven charity Ireland and to help Kilmanjaro Animal rescue help save two horses in Tanzania Africa, from drought, These two rescue horses will be part of their own creature conscious reciprocal therapy (the love you give, you receive) programme for their many special needs children.
Our New 2017 ” Catch a Falling Star” Gifts range,
A Star Shines Brightest when it benefits others.
Perhaps more than we know, unconditional love touches our very soul, Its easy to get so caught up in life that we fail to realize that healing, compassion, ” life”………. happens outside the box! Hope is an incredible thing, It is not only something to aspire to attain, it is also something we aspire to give……….. HOPE GIVES LIFE! To those who are broken by life, hope becomes that light in the darkness of despair, a flicker of hope…….HOPE WHISPERS TO US! Hope whispers to us, drawing the lost to the radiance of the light………. YOU’RE LIGHT!
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 lend 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 centre 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 humoured.
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 in the centre of their centre overlooking the indescribably beautiful Carlingford Lough.
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:
have been located in Omeath, Co Louth for 10yrs now and are a 100% voluntary 24/7 cross border critical care & rehabilitation charity. Our primary objective for the past 10yrs originally addressed national Equine rescue due to identifying the lack of 24/7 critical care facilities in the country during the decline of the Celtic Tiger.
Named after our first rescue horse “HOLLY” our objectives are to strive to support animal welfare while creating socialisation for all through encouraging emotional competence by increasing empathy with our Irish rescues.
In retrospect of our Equine welfare programmes we experienced an Eco-evolution derived by the social needs of our many visitors to our charity as we identified the significance of the therapeutic element that horses bring to humans through our “Equine Reciprocal” therapy Model (the love you give, you receive).
*** When Horse & Human are broken by life, by rescuing the horse, I too am rescued!***
Through this experience and requests for more diverse projects our charity began addressing the concept of incorporating a “Creature Consciousness / Go Green Community” by expanding our Model to include plans to develop a platform to promote an Animal Conscious & Holistic concept that can reach out to our thousands of supporters both local and worldwide.
This concept is in development stage with plans to promote a green prescription initiative offering Eco friendly/ Vegan intervention to all those participating, learning & interacting through media.
Our charities Intervention components include: A Creature, back to Nature, Go Green & Vegan consciousness and developing our organic growing, mindfulness, physical activity, Art therapy, Art meditation, social connection & cultural skills.
FUNDRAISING:- After receiving our beautiful mural painted as part of a Belfast peace initiative gifted by a Newry Artist Jim Russell our charity were inspired to develop our plans for our “Catch A Falling star” fundraising campaign “A Star Shines brightest when it benefits others!” which will be part of our on line “Shop to Support” charity shop.
Our charities plans are to also make our support T. Shirts & themed merchandising gifts competitively available from our on-line charity shop to other non profits, charities or groups who wish to carry out their own fundraising campaign, as they portray a powerful message that No matter what we look like, we are all perfect in our own way, and
“The Brightest Stars are those who shine for the benefit of Others”
For info on fundraising merchandising please Email:- email@example.com
I BEAT THE BULLET! YEaaaaaaaaaa!
Please take a moment to check out this beautiful video of “KNIGHT” the little rescue as he shares his story from escaping the bullet to finding his loving, adoring Hu-mum & equine family! HAPPY AT LAST!
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