About Communities For Horses

Communities For Horses (CFH) is a new charity that has been set up partly due to the closure of the Community Horse and Pony Scheme (CHAPS) in June 2017. CHAPS was set up in 2014 to make a difference for the urban horses in the Swansea area and their owners. It provided equine welfare assistance, training, guidance and support as well as opportunities and support for children who have been excluded from mainstream education or who struggle with mainstream support networks and various groups of adults. CHAPS was funded by The National Lottery and managed by housing association Gwalia and then Pobl but the project was closed in June 2017 due to lack of ongoing funding. As of the 1st July 2017, Communities For Horses was launched. We are an independent group, including Lisa Lanfear the outreach officer of the CHAPS team, working towards charity status to continue our work with the horses and their owners across Swansea.

Our work will be in phases as the organisation develops. Firstly, we will work with the local authorities and other organisations to discuss projects and approaches for improving equine welfare in Wales; this includes working towards a community grazing project. Secondly, our welfare officer Lisa, will be out and about in the communities as she has been for years – helping and advocating for animals and their owners alike. Thirdly, Rebecca Parkhouse will deliver outreach training and shaping and behaviour change sessions alongside Lisa Lanfear. We will deliver a ‘play bus’ style education programme.

At first we will not have a site where we can take in horses or provide training but we hope to offer those services in time.
We aim to continue providing equine welfare assistance, training, guidance and support, responding to equine related matters as and when they arise. We will continue providing our services of education for horse owners, members of the public and other organisations.
The community has rallied to support us through the challenges, making us stronger and even more determined to continue to make a difference in our community, to address suffering, irresponsible ownership and indiscriminate breeding by working with owners to address these problems – together we can continue the horse owning traditions in this area in a modern compassionate way..

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to meeting you at one of our launch events.