Conquest Centre

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Registered address
Conquest Farm,Norton Fitzwarren
Taunton,
TA2 6PN

Phone
01823 433 614

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Charity number
1103883

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Interacting with horses can quite literally change lives! 

Conquest Centre, near Taunton in Somerset, is a specialist equine centre which improves the health and well-being of people with disabilities and additional needs.

The Centre is fully equipped with a herd of horses carefully selected for our specialist work and a range of equipment to meet the needs of people with disabilities, such as a hoist, wheelchair accessible mounting block and disabled driving carriages.

Our Services

Conquest Centre provides:

  • A range of horse-based activities for people with disabilities and other additional needs aged from toddlers to 82!  For example riding lessons, carriage driving and horse care sessions.
  • Student and volunteering opportunities which enable disabled and non-disabled people to make friends, learn new skills, gain work experience and take accredited qualifications whilst helping to run our services. 
  • Additional facilities include our Beehive Café, run by disabled trainees offering them the opportunity to gain work and life skills plus a Sensory Room which provides relaxation and improves sensory, co-ordination and language skills.
  • Competitions and events which are open to everyone enabling disabled and non-disabled people to socialise and compete together.

As well as delivering our direct services, Conquest encourages other local groups supporting people with disabilities and the wider community to use our site. For example, we host a Day Centre for adults with learning difficulties and our services are used by Community Payback, disability support groups and local schools (both mainstream and SEN).

The Difference We Make

Conquest Centre began its journey in 1965.  Today we cater for 180 disabled children and adults each week, as well as families/carers, students, volunteers, public riders and local clubs and associations.  Our total annual footfall is around 30,000. 

Evidence shows our horse-based activity sessions improve lives.  They enable people with disabilities and additional needs to relax, have fun, and improve their physical health, learning, communication, confidence and social skills.  Last year we used the Riding for the Disabled Association’s Outcomes Tracker to assess the impact of our work on 14 new clients.  In just one term 100% of these clients had made improvements in confidence and enjoyment, 93% had made improvements in relationships and physical changes, and 86% had made improvements in communication and horsemanship! 

Feedback from clients and parents tells us what a difference Conquest Centre makes.  For example:

I consider myself very lucky to have found a place where I feel that I belong, having the ability to work in an environment that I love and with people that make it their business to give me time, understanding and develop me to reach my potential.”

   “Massive improvement in communication since the sessions began - he now talks all the time. There has also been real physical development, for example he has started kneeling.”

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