Greatwood Charity

About Greatwood

Greatwood focuses on educating disadvantaged children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) through Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) using former racehorses.

Greatwood’s innovative educational programmes are inclusive and designed for people with cognitive, physical, emotional and social challenges or disabilities with the aim of making a real difference to their future lives and careers as well as facilitating their social mobility by challenging the perception of “success” and “failure” in a secure and nurturing environment.  Greatwood operates a ‘Cycle of Rehabilitation and Change’ – horses helping people, people helping horses, simultaneously providing those former racehorses that couldn’t be re-homed previously, with a useful occupation.

At Greatwood we truly believe that everybody deserves the chance to fulfil their potential, no matter what barriers they face.  We focus on helping people develop the life and work skills they need so that their future is driven by opportunity, not dictated by circumstances.

Services Provided:

  • Alternative education for 5-16 year olds
  • Post 16+ provider of accredited programmes in equine and animal care
  • Post 16+ study programmes incorporating functional skills, work experience and enrichment
  • Functional skills for adults
  • Holiday programmes
  • Adult wellbeing weekends
  • Progression routes into employment
  • Nationally recognised qualifications
  • Volunteering opportunities


Young People

Areas Covered:

North Wiltshire

How are services accessed?

Self-Referral, Professional Referral

Contact Name:

Sasha Thorbek


Rainscombe Hill Farm
Clench Common

01672 514535

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