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Healing hooves: Urban city horses to help rehabilitate substance misusers

An innovative project to use urban horses to help rehabilitate substance misusers in Swansea and a project to help hundreds of women ex-offenders to settle back into their communities are among the range of projects throughout Wales to share in more than £2.2 million awarded by the Big Lottery Fund yesterday.

Five projects throughout Wales share in the £2,263,024 awarded through the BIG Innovation programme, which awards grants of between £20,000 and £1 million to specifically support projects that test new ways of tackling emerging and existing social problems (full list at end of release).

With their grant of nearly £795,000 (£793,893), Cyrenians Cymru Cyf plan to provide the Community Horse and Pony Scheme’ (CHAPS), a new community-run equine centre in Swansea which aims to tackle issues around urban horse tethering and abandonment whilst involving and supporting the unemployed, substance misusers and disengaged youth in the community.

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