Training & Activities

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Can we help?

Caberfeidh Horizons was set up to support vulnerable adults and young people by addressing their social, emotional and financial needs and, by so doing, improve their future prospects. Our Project delivers services which meet needs across multiple conditions and circumstances

We help people with a wide range of difficulties. We are presently supporting clients with diagnosed conditions including Asperger’s Syndrome, autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD, Downs Syndrome, epilepsy etc. We also help those who have obvious learning needs, who have always had problems in coping, but have never been diagnosed with a specific condition. We do not discriminate. We do not turn people away if they need our help and we can offer that support. Caberfeidh Horizons is much appreciated and supported by all sections of the community. We are respected for the care and welfare of at risk and vulnerable people; in particular, for encouraging and supporting them to achieve their very best and to live happy and fulfilled lives.

Our clients take part in an initial assessment which provides the information for their individual training plan. Plans are monitored on an ongoing basis with formal review and evaluation every six months. We keep a diary and photographic record of day to day achievements

Caberfeidh Horizons has steadily grown over fourteen years, increasing our help to people on a much wider spectrum. If you would like to find out more about what we can offer then please email or telephone 01540 661000.

Community Projects

Through our High Street premises and involvement with local groups, we have been able to encourage our clients and members of the local community to be involved in our Social Enterprise. Highlights have included: Co-op Local Causes (four fundraising sessions in our local Co-op), Duke of Gordon Hotel craft mornings, various Coffee Mornings throughout the year, Kingussie Heritage Festival, Walking for Health Group, Kingussie Christmas Shopping Day and the Wranglers Barbecue at Highland Horse Fun.

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Educational Programmes

A number of our activities are education-based and in the last few years have included the following:

  • Training in Independent Living Skills (including cooking, shopping, travel, finance, health & fitness)
  • Practical tuition on spinning techniques from Speyside Spinners
  • An exhibition run by our clients at Kingussie High School for the Youth Philanthropic Initiative
  • Craft based projects where we created winning entries for the Grantown Show and the RDA National Art Competition (Riding for the Disabled Association)
  • Practical IT training where we offer one-to-one sessions to suit the needs of each individual client

Social Activities

We provide many social opportunities for our group to combat loneliness and improve their self-esteem. Chosen by our clients, our social activities in 2019 included cycling, golf, boccia, visiting the Gliding Club in Kincraig to investigate gliding for the disabled, boat trip on Loch Insh, visits to Landmark Adventure Park, Grantown Show, the Seagull Trust and a trip to the V & A Museum in Dundee.

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Work Experience

The Wranglers: our clients have a base at Highland Horse Fun in Kingussie. “The Wranglers” have been working on the work-based Horse Management qualification supported by the Association of British Riding Schools. This 11 module qualification teaches them all aspects of looking after horses and they are completing the qualification as a group rather than as individuals. Professor Brian Robinson of the Association of British Riding Schools was greatly impressed with the group when he visited in 2019 and he is now keen to roll out this “group” certification to other riding schools across the country.

The Wildlife Wombles: Our clients volunteer twice weekly at the Highland Wildlife Park in nearby Kincraig where they assist the many visitors to the Park and help keep the Park clean and tidy. The group also take part in enrichment projects for the many animals at the Park - for example, making food balls for the red pandas and papier maché Easter eggs! In 2019 we were invited to be filmed as part of a documentary for BBC Scotland on the Wildlife Park.

The Wombles have also completed a 'Photographic year at the Park' timeline project documenting animals, plants, people, weather and the changing Highland seasons which forms an exhibition and the basis of a great film. In addition, the Wombles formed an outreach group to plant trees for the John Muir Trust on Corrour Estate.

In acknowledgement for all their hard work, in 2019 the group was nominated for the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) Awards and were awarded Certificates of Achievement.

Gardening Programme: we have an allotment in the village and each year we grow a range of vegetables and flowers which, when harvested, are taken home by each participant. Our clients have also maintained the gardens for the Duke of Gordon Hotel in Kingussie, worked on path clearing at Am Fasgadh, Kingussie and planted tubs and beds at Highland Horse Fun.

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