Racehorse Rescue Centre

So this week I spent three days volunteering with the Racehorse Rescue Centre in Carlisle.

The Racehorse rescue centre is run completely on volunteers and rescues ex racehorses to retrain and rehome, they also run therapy sessions for injured soldiers and people with disabilities.

I really enjoyed the couple of days I spent helping out and am looking forward to returning in September. I met some lovely people and horses too and got the opportunity to ride two of them! Both of which were lovely 🙂
I managed to get a few snaps so have a looksee, I am also planning a fundraiser for when I am back in September so stay tuned at http://www.facebook.com/louisegroomphotography.

Be sure to check out the Racehorse Rescue Centres Page and website too!

https://www.facebook.com/theRRC?fref=ts

http://www.therrc.org.uk/

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Buddy

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Prince

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Exploring Carlisle

Seeing as I am in a different house this year at university I have started to explore parts I didn’t last year because of the convenience of them being closer and I am not so worried about becoming lost as much as I was. I took out a canon 7D from the AV at university to play with for a week to get a feel for other models rather than using my 500D. So over the weekend I visited the cemetery as after speaking to a local couple a few weeks ago they told me where to find the red squirrels and what else was around wildlife wise in the area. The only graveyard/cemetery I have ever been to are the really small ones next to churches and wow was I stuck when I stepped through the gates. It was beautiful and very well kept and what was nice as well they had conservation areas for wildlife within the cemetery too! After a bit of wandering around a man asked me what wildlife I was looking for and he pointed me in the direction of the red squirrels and a few minutes later he came running to find me to say he’s just seen one and to show me where :). I came across the feeding area just around the corner and saw more reds along with plenty of birds. I explored more and chatted with more people who told me about the wildlife they have seen in the cemetery.

Just before I left going over a bridge I watched a red squirrel scurry about, drink from the stream and then leap over to the other side to forage for food.

As odd as this sounds, but I think I’ll be spending more time in the cemetery!

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Community I.T Session 1 2013

Wednesday 13th February 2013 held the first community IT session of the year run by volunteer project leaders, Hattie, Louise, Jack, Nathan and Richard and other volunteers.

Although sessions are aimed at the elderly all ages are welcome to attend if they have little or no basic knowledge of IT. Several members of the community turned up to the session, a fantastic result. Hattie delivered a short presentation introducing the session and what it aimed to achieve. As well as introducing the volunteers of course. Volunteers began the session while Louise and Richard began writing this short article about the session. The atmosphere in the room was one of vibrancy and relaxation giving voice to the feeling within.

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The above pictures show volunteers teaching I.T to the community.

Sylvia, one of the attendants of the session described the session as constructive and helpful in meeting what she came to learn about.

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Above left: Jack teaching I.T to Sylvia. Above Right: Richard asking for feedback from Syliva.

Sue said she found the session socially enjoyable and helpful in dragging back up memories of how to use a computer.IMG_3869IMG_3893

Above left: Mari teaching Sue I.T. Above right: Richard interviewing Sue about the session.

Alan, found Nathan’s explanation of the updated version of word useful.

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Above Left: Nathan teaching I.T to Alan. Above Right: Richard asking for Alans feedback on the session.

John, who had never used a computer before in his life, said it was a new experience engaging in learning about how computers work.

After the session had ended Richard and Louise caught up with the Project leaders and other volunteers to find out how they felt the session went. Here are their opinions:

Nathan thought the session went really good and felt Alan benefited well from the session as he wanted to brush up on his skills. Nathan felt that Alan was engaging well with the content of the session.

Jack enjoyed the session and said it was a good experience. He enjoyed the session a lot.

Mari described the session as a grand and wonderful experience.

Hattie believes John made a significant improvement by the end of the session and believes the experience to have been a valuable one.

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Above: Richard wrapping the session up.

The session ended with a casual chat over tea and biscuits. From Louise and Richard’s perspective the session was an invigorating experience for everyone. We felt the session went to plan and we are looking forward to the next session.

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Above left: Richard typing away final article. Above right: Louise writing draft article.

Article by Louise Groom and Richard Mason.

Photography: Louise Groom (www.facebook.com/louisegroomphotography)