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Revitalizing Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary's Animals Helping People Programme

Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary has long been a beacon of hope for both animals and people in need. With a dedicated team of volunteers who selflessly give their time to support the welfare of rescued animals, the sanctuary has now embarked on a mission to relaunch its Animals Helping People Programme.

A Legacy of Service

The Animals Helping People Programme has been at the heart of Crosskennan Lane's community outreach efforts since its inception in 1999. Initially established with a grant from the European Council to run cross-community activities and support at-risk youth, the programme has since expanded its scope to collaborate with various organizations, including the Probation Board of Northern Ireland, the Youth Justice Agency, and the Cedar Foundation, among others.

Over the past 25 years, the sanctuary has provided a diverse array of services, including external outreach and education, team-building exercises, life skills training, therapy sessions, and more. Despite facing financial challenges and setbacks, the sanctuary remains committed to its mission of serving both animals and people in need.

Navigating Challenges

The journey to relaunch the Animals Helping People Programme has been fraught with challenges, including financial constraints and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the sanctuary's unwavering dedication and the increasing demand for support have propelled efforts to reignite these vital services.

A Beacon of Hope

The relaunch of the Animals Helping People Programme represents a renewed commitment to community engagement and support. Through a series of workshops, summer schemes, family days, and one-to-one sessions, individuals of all ages and backgrounds will have the opportunity to benefit from Equine Facilitated Interactions.

Jane's Journey

One such success story is that of Jane (name changed for privacy), whose struggles with anxiety and depression were alleviated through participation in the programme. Through basic grounding exercises and interactions with the sanctuary's horses, Jane experienced a transformative journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Her newfound confidence and ability to navigate social settings are a testament to the profound impact of the sanctuary's work.

Supporting the Sanctuary's Mission

While the sanctuary continues to face financial pressures, the relaunch of the Animals Helping People Programme offers an opportunity for individuals and businesses to contribute to a worthy cause. By booking sessions, workshops, or corporate events, supporters not only benefit from valuable experiences but also directly support the sanctuary's vital work in animal welfare and community outreach.

Get Involved

For those interested in participating or supporting the Animals Helping People Programme, booking appointments and sessions is now open. From one-to-one sessions to summer schemes and workshops, there are numerous opportunities to engage with the sanctuary's mission and make a difference in the lives of both animals and people.

To learn more or get involved, visit Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary's website or contact

Together, we can make a difference. Join us in revitalizing the Animals Helping People Programme and be a part of something truly special.


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