Iconic charities in Canberra are teaming up to give vulnerable young people a chance to jump-start their careers.

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Iconic charities Pegasus Riding for the Disabled and Communities at Work Galilee School in Canberra come together to support vulnerable young people and have announced a unique partnership.

To give vulnerable young people more opportunities to gain real-life experiences, the like-minded community organizations have created the newly formed Farm Skills Programme, funded by a Hands Across Canberra grant. And while it may sound like an odd combination, it’s a great opportunity for students to get in the saddle (sorry) and jump-start their careers.

Giving Galilee School students the chance to gain actionable skills in fencing, plumbing, irrigation and farm management, all while providing Pegasus with the much-needed volunteer resources to keep the magic flowing at one of Canberra’s oldest charities – and the only one to offer Hippotherapy, which literally translates to ‘treatment with the horse’.

Helping run the organization’s 100-acre estate in Holt, Tim McNevin, director of the Galilee School, says it is a broad authentic learning experience designed to inspire young people, help them realize their full potential and arm them with the confidence and skills to transition successfully to the staff.

“Pegasus is an iconic charity in Canberra and, like us, it aims to empower people to develop their capabilities,” he explains. “It fit perfectly. So through a connection of networks, our partnership was formed and the Farm Skills Program was developed.”

“We also believe giving young people the opportunity to volunteer in their communities and support others, broadens their worldview and builds trust and character,” he adds.

With $9,400 to purchase new workshop tools, a lawnmower, a weed trimmer, and a trailer for the Farm Skills program, the students have access to all the equipment needed to complete the job in the field — and so far. they absolutely love it.

Pegasus CEO Matthew Watson says his organization immediately saw the potential of this partnership with Communities at Work to make a significant social impact in the community. The partnership with Galilee School, which relies heavily on volunteers, offers a new direction for the organization he believes has real potential to make a difference to the individuals involved

“Pegasus relies heavily on volunteers and work programs,” he says. “Our partnership with Galilee School is a new direction for our organization, and one that our management and board believe has real potential to make a difference to the individuals involved.”

“It’s a win-win situation everywhere: for Pegasus, the school and especially the students.”

Feature image: Margo Wade.

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