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Kicking off to a great start

February 12, 2021
Covid-19 Updates
Merton Chamber

The Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders, based in Carshalton, have just recruited two young people through the Kickstart Scheme with the help of Merton Chamber as their Gateway organisation.

Ffion (in the blue jacket) and Katie have just started their employment with the Diamond Centre. Both girls live locally in Sutton, and had their career plans scuppered by Covid. They are delighted to have the opportunity through Kickstart to learn some new skills and be in employment.

Centre Manager, Angela Moloney, said "The Kickstart scheme was a great opportunity for The Diamond Centre as well as for the girls, they will be a huge help in the preparations needed to fully re-open, which we hope to do by the Autumn. We are very grateful to the Merton Chamber of Commerce for helping with and supporting our application."

Above, Ffion and Katie are photographed with Alfie!

Ffion and Katie getting stuck into yard duties

A little bit about Diamond:

Diamond provides therapeutic riding and carriage driving for children and adults with disabilities.

The Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders is a registered charity, which provides unique facilities to benefit disabled children and adults by having regular contact with horses – either through riding or driving. We have around 350 riders per week, all with a disability, ages range from 3 to 75+ years old and each week they enjoy half an hour or so when, with the assistance of our instructors and helpers who are mainly volunteers, they can enjoy the experience of riding or driving horses to help improve their capabilities. An experience which takes them out of their restricted daily lives – and puts smiles on their faces! For many of our riders it is one of only a few sports they can participate in and experience some form of independence and sense of achievement.

Want to find out more about the Diamond Centre? Click here.