I'm writing from Eat Sleep Ride - a horse riding stables and social
enterprise based near Eyemouth run by Danielle McKinnon. The Blackhill
Windfarm Community Fund generously helped fund us at the beginning when
we were starting out in 2017. We continue to be extremely grateful for
your help and belief in us and we thought we'd email you and let you
know how we've been getting on.
As you may know Eat, Sleep, Ride is a social enterprise targeting people
experiencing mental health problems, those that have suffered abuse,
lived in areas of high deprivation and other challenges such as
drug/alcohol addiction. We are also a TRSS approved horse riding centre
and give lessons and hacks to the public.
We aim to improve the lives of all people. We use our beautiful animals
as inspiration for change which in turn can provide an alternative
learning environment to mainstream education. The skills developed
through the programme can meet the requirements of ongoing education and
training for employers and participants.
The way that Danielle delivers lessons and training helps people
experiencing the challenges outlined above. Danielle draws on personal
experience to provide a teachable point of view on how to overcome
personal circumstances and lead a happy and fulfilled life.
We've grown from strength to strength over the last year or so and we
now have 13 horses and ponies at the stables. We have regular riders,
volunteers and employees at Eat Sleep Ride. The majority of our riders
are children and young adults who benefit hugely from spending time with
and riding the horses. We have two young employees who have faced
difficulties in their youth and are now flourishing with the
opportunities at Eat Sleep Ride.
Now is an extremely exciting time for us - we've recently secured a new
site near Lamberton which we will move to in the late summer. The
business has lots of room for expansion and more opportunities for
social enterprises to join the community!
We will be crowdfunding for support ahead of the move and we wondered
if, when we launch our campaign, you would share the details with your
professional network. Any help you can offer as our journey develops
would be most appreciated!
Danielle, Annie & Laura
Eat Sleep Ride CIC
I applied to Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund for a grant towards a residential training week-end (w/e) for Guiders from Berwickshire.The application was handled by your committee who kindly donated the sum of £1000. This is an outline of how we used the generous donation for which all attendees expressed their gratitude.
As with all such arrangements, the numbers wishing/intending to attend fluctuated until very near the date itself. This in spite of the arrangement whereby deposits were forfeited for non-attendance but refunded to those who did attend. But finally twenty Guiders from the county took part in an interesting and stimulating w/e in which the new programme for Guiding across all sections was introduced and explained.
A copy of the “fees sheet” is included which shows the attendees’ charges for the w/e. These were slightly higher than I had anticipated but this was offset by us not having to pay a separate fee for the outdoor activities as these were supervised by the trainers to demonstrate the “out of doors” elements of the programme. However my estimate for travel costs was not far off the mark!
I also include a copy of the “Guidance Notes” on the new programme which may help you to understand how we run our organisation and also the teaching timetable that shows we were kept pretty busy.
I hope you feel the grant you awarded the county was well used and in accordance with your ideals for community wellbeing. The leaders all seemed to enjoy themselves and left feeling less apprehensive about the changes and consequent work involved to implement the new programme.
Once again I thank you for your interest in our organisation and generous award.
Funds Received - £500
The Rotary Club of Duns received £500 in April 2017. This funding was used to help fund a defibrillator and cabinet positioned outside the old post office in the square. This can be used by any member of the public. An App has since been created to allow people to locate the position of all defibrillators and more specifically the one closest to you.
Verbal report received at our AGM August 2017
Funds received - £3,000.00
Friends of Duns Primary School received £3,000 in December 2017. These funds where used to help furnish the new library at Duns Primary School. When the school moved to its new premises, in the old High School building, the library was left with limited shelving which was not fit for purpose. From the start the children were heavily involved in setting up the library and used the funds received from BWCF to purchase shelving, seating, tables and additional books.
Thanks from everyone in FDPS.