Equine Assisted Learning

About Stable Life and Our History

As an organisation we possess over 25 years of highly regarded experience supporting our region’s most vulnerable and challenging young people. Learn more in What We Do.

Our team have many years combined practice experience in supporting children some of whom are looked after and accommodated children, home school link, family support, community learning and development as well as training and facilitating hard to reach young people and all have valued knowledge and significant practical experience of horses including a qualified Horse Riding Instructor. Learn more in Staff & Board Members. Read more about our services in our Constitution and Annual Reports (PDFs):

- Annual Report 2014      - Annual Report 2013

Our History

Stable Life grows from Strength to Strength
As Stable Life continued to grow from strength to strength and we evidenced the outcomes the young people achieved by participation as well as how well it complemented existing services, we researched the possibilities for future developments and the sustainability of the organisation and decided that the way forward was to make Stable Life the core service. In August 2013 we renamed the organisation Stable Life and in order to be able to deliver and develop the service better we secured a long term lease on a local riding centre and relocated office there. The lease has also given us opportunities to income generate through offering liveries and hiring out of the indoor and outdoor schools which will help with long term sustainability.
Relaunch as GYP Borders
We became a Company Limited by Guarantee and officially re-launched ourselves as GYP Borders – Giving Young People & Families Support. There were also significant developments in our programmes of intervention and they were structured into three distinct projects:
  1. Alternative Routes— learning skills for life
  2. Chance4Change—befriending/mentoring
  3. “Stable” Life – Equine Assisted Learning
Increased Scope of Work
The organisation continued to focus on developing partnerships between schools, social services and other agencies involved in the wellbeing of young people. This positive development witnessed growth and an increase in the scope of our work with more young people and their families benefiting from our programmes of intervention.
Growth & Development
In 1997, a Befriending Scheme was introduced and became an integral part of the services provided and complimented the existing range of services provided.
Gala Youth Project Formed
In the latter part of 1982 following a meeting of interested parties, a steering committee of Gala Youth Project was formed. The central aim of the Project was to bring together a variety of key voluntary and statutory agencies in a collaborative attempt to meet the needs of youngsters with specific difficulties, particularly in relation to truancy and offending. On 3 July 1985, Gala Youth Project officially opened.