Bronze Award for inspirational charity

March 31, 2022

HorseBack UK has received the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Bronze Award.

Highland RFCA’s Regional Employer Engagement Director Ray Watt presented the award to Team Programme Coordinator Richard ‘Taff’ Teague at the Aboyne-based charity (main picture with Taff, right).

The award is in recognition of the support the charity gives to the Armed Forces.

Former service personnel on horses.
Former service personnel participating in one of the HorseBack UK programmes.

HorseBack UK had previously signed the Armed Forces Covenant in May 2020. The Covenant is a commitment to ensure those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

The Covenant sets companies on the path to have their pledge recognised through the Employer Recognition Scheme. This scheme incorporates prestigious Bronze, Silver and Gold awards, granted in recognition of their pledge to support defence and the Armed Forces Community.

HorseBack UK aims to inspire recovery, regain self-esteem and promote positive change in an individual. Using horsemanship and outdoor activities, it delivers nationally recognised and accredited personal development programmes that encourage participants to acquire new coping strategies, life skills and build lasting resilience.

Horses and riders at HorseBack UK.
Ray and Taff look on as former service personnel put themselves and their horses through their paces.

The charity also works to empower service personnel and veterans suffering from life-changing injuries and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and to aid them on their road to recovery.

In addition to providing courses and programmes for service personnel and veterans, HorseBack UK also employs several veterans.

A team from Highland RFCA was fortunate enough to visit HorseBack UK in Aboyne and was given an insight into all the valuable work the charity carries out.

One of the smaller HorseBack UK residents.

For more on the Employer Recognition Scheme, click HERE.

For more on HorseBack UK, click HERE.

To find out how you can support the Armed Forces, contact HRFCA’s Regional Employer Engagement Directors Ray Watt at [email protected], or Roy McLellan at [email protected].