Horsing around with visitor at North Tyneside centre

Older people were able to horse around with a special visitor at a wellbeing centre.

Tuesday, 16th July 2019, 8:30 am
Updated Tuesday, 16th July 2019, 10:46 am
Older people including those with Dementia met Taz the horse at Cedar Grove Wellbeing Centre, Wallsend.

Customers at Cedar Grove Wellbeing Centre, run by care provider EveryDay, were surprised by equine visitor Taz – a five-year-old leopard-spotted appaloosa mare – last week.

The centre, one of three in the borough, provides a place for older people to socialise and stay physically and mentally active, as well as giving respite for their family carers.

Michelle Clement, centre manager, said: “Having Taz visit was absolutely fantastic – you could see straight away the impact it had on our customers. They loved it, especially those who have had experience of horses in their younger lives.

“We provide a vital service for older people and ensure we give them a place to socialise and enjoy themselves.

“We are a world away from what you might consider traditional ‘day care’.

“We would encourage any older person who is keen to continue to enjoy life and make friends to come along and see what we do. Our centres really are very special places that make a real difference to people’s lives.”

Taz’s visit happened as part of an initiative called Pets As Wellbeing, where animal ambassadors visit older people to help with stimulation, interaction and exercise.

EveryDay, a social enterprise run by Age UK North Tyneside, runs three wellbeing centres in North Tyneside – Cedar Grove in Wallsend, Rowan Croft in Killingworth, and Linskill Park in North Shields.