The great outdoors is embedded in all that we do at Birribi. We offer a bespoke, holistic educational and therapeutic package, promoting positive outcomes for young people with complex emotional and developmental needs.
We are lucky enough to have a small farm, based in the beautiful Welsh countryside, which is home to a range of friendly animals, including a herd of angora goats, chickens, ducks, sheep, pigs, and several therapy ponies. The farm provides a base that brings the whole Birribi community together, creating new and exciting opportunities for both our young people and staff. We offer staff training and team building sessions, equine therapy, and farm animal and equine assisted learning for our young people. The combination of being in nature, working collaboratively and taking part in meaningful farming and equine activities is what makes our farm such a special place for all our young people and staff alike.
Our unique outdoor education program is stimulating and creative, encouraging our young people to continue their learning outside of the classroom. By linking the National Curriculum with rich, meaningful first-hand experiences; our young people are encouraged to explore, think creatively and be busy and active within a range of natural learning environments. This program is particularly beneficial to students who find classroom-based activities too restrictive or inappropriate. Our young people learn how to work with, care for and understand our animals and we provide opportunities for developing social skills and confidence through physical challenges and tasks; whilst continuing to introduce them to new experiences with the aim of widening their horizons, and variety of options for future life choices.
Our small herd of therapy ponies provide the opportunity for our young people to participate in equine therapy, based on the EAGALA model. Sessions are facilitated by a small team of mental health specialists, equine specialists, and the horses themselves. During the sessions, our young people are able to create meaningful connections with the horses, which can help strengthen relationships and bring about a positive change in their lives.