Job Vacancy – Manager (CSP Funded) Full Time

Connemara Therapeutic Riding CLG (CTR) provides a community-based Therapeutic Riding (TR) Service for children and adults with physical, sensory, and intellectual disabilities in a remote rural setting in the West of Ireland while promoting the indigenous Connemara Pony as an ideal equine for this therapy. Having secured a long-term lease Connemara Therapeutic Riding is now creating a new purpose-built TR centre. We are now recruiting for a full-time Manager.

Job Title: Manager (CSP Funded) Full Time

Location: Ardagh, Clifden, Co. Galway.

Reporting to: The Board of Connemara Therapeutic Riding

Main Purpose: Management of Connemara Therapeutic Riding CLG in accordance with best practice.

Job Description:

  • Responsible for the successful management, income generation, and administration of Connemara Therapeutic Riding.
  • Supervise and manage staff and volunteers providing supports with training, development, and appraisals.
  • Liaise with clients and their families/carers regarding agreed goals to be delivered through therapeutic riding sessions. Ensure all relevant records of sessions and progress are maintained.
  • Develop relationships with relevant services, schools, and community organisations.
  • Responsible for all aspects of pony management.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant legislation including Health and Safety Practices.
  • Prepare financial statements and operational reports for Pobal and the board of CTR.
  • Research, prepare, submit, and manage relevant funding applications.

Person Specification:

The person appointed to this role will ideally meet the following requirements:

  • Possess good business management and people management skills.
  • Have a strong disability awareness and understand the needs of individuals of varying abilities.
  • Have relevant equine experience.
  • Be a community-minded person.
  • Have a willingness to learn and be committed to ongoing training.
  • Work well as part of a team.
  • Be able to work on own initiative.

 

Selection Process:

Candidates may be shortlisted. An interview process will then take place.

Conditions of Employment:

Hours:  39.00 hours per week – these hours will be discussed at a later stage.  May involve weekend work.

Annual Leave: Annual leave will be 20 working days exclusive of public holidays (pro-rata).

Duration of contract:One year initially which may be extended subject to performance and the continuation of Community Services Programme funding.

Salary: The salary will be €32,000 per annum.

 

How To Apply:

 

Closing Date for Applications: Friday 12th February 2021.

A CV and cover letter should be emailed to ctriding20@gmail.com or sent by post for the attention of Kate Burns, Connemara Therapeutic Riding CLG, Ellis Hall, Letterfrack, Co. Galway. The CV should address all elements of the person specification.

Please note:  only candidates who submit the relevant application form in accordance with the deadline date as stated above will be processed. 

Job Vacancy – Marketing and Administration Assistant (CSP Funded) Full Time

Connemara Therapeutic Riding CLG (CTR) is a Social Enterprise providing a community-based Therapeutic Riding Service for children and adults with physical, sensory, and intellectual disabilities in a remote rural setting in the west of Ireland while promoting the indigenous Connemara Pony as an ideal equine for this therapy. We are now recruiting for a full-time Marketing and Administration Assistant.

 

Job Title: Marketing and Administration Assistant (CSP Funded) Full Time

Location: Ardagh, Clifden, Co. Galway

Reporting to: CTR Manager

Main Purpose: To promote Connemara Therapeutic Riding and to support the CTR Manager in administrative duties.

Job Description:

  • Manage all traditional and digital marketing channels including website.
  • Implement CTR’s Marketing Plan.
  • Identify and communicate with potential new clients.
  • Assist with fundraising activities.
  • Assist Manager in researching, preparing and submitting grant proposals.
  • Create reports for Pobal (In consultation with manager).
  • Provide administrative support to the manager as required.
  • This job description is not exhaustive and other duties may be assigned from time to time in accordance with the needs of the service.

Person Specification:

The person appointed to this role will ideally meet the following requirements:

  • Possess excellent communication skills both verbal and written.
  • Have a strong disability awareness and understand the needs of individuals of varying abilities.
  • Be a community-minded person with an understanding of community-based projects and the value of building social capital.
  • Work well as part of a team.
  • Be able to work on own initiative.

 

Selection Process:

Candidates will be shortlisted. An interview process will then take place.

Conditions of Employment:

Hours:  39.00 hours per week

Annual Leave: Annual leave will be 20 working days exclusive of public holidays (pro rata).

Duration of contract: One year initially which may be extended subject to performance and the continuation of Community Services Programme funding.

Salary: The salary will be €20,685 per annum.

 

How to Apply:

Closing Date for Applications:  Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 12th February at 4 pm. A CV and cover letter should be emailed to ctriding20@gmail.com or sent by post for the attention of Kate Burns, Connemara Therapeutic Riding CLG, Ellis Hall, Letterfrack, Co. Galway.  The CV should address all elements of the person specification.

Please note:  only candidates who submit the relevant application in accordance with the deadline date as stated above will be processed. 

Go Fund Me Campaign

Connemara Therapeutic Riding is in the process of an exciting new project, to develop a new, specially designed center to provide our much-needed service to the community. The center will include an accessible arena, stables, sensory room, multi-functional room and accessible bathroom.

This of course, is a huge financial undertaking for our voluntary committee. We have launched a GoFundMe campaign to help raise funds for this project.

Our goal of €30,000 will cover the accessible arena and a sensory room, both extremely important in allowing us to provide the services.

Any donation, big or small is greatly appreciated. Your support enables us to provide this essential service to the community.

Please click here to find more information.

 

Fundraiser – Saturday 22/08/2020

Connemara Therapeutic Riding is holding a fundraiser Saturday August 22nd at Supervalu, Clifden.

Be in with a chance of winning a Hamper worth €130!
Fairy Doors & Handmade Face Masks will also be available for purchase
All proceeds to Connemara Therapeutic Riding
For more information, check out our Facebook page
We value your ongoing support, hope to see you there
Thank you!

Fairy Doors

Our chief fairy has been very busy over the last number of weeks creating her very special fairy doors with real Connemara pony shoes.

We are delighted to offer these for sale at the special price of €25 including post and packaging. Just contact us through our Facebook or Instagram, or email us connemaratr@gmail.com to find out more!

All proceeds will go towards therapeutic riding sessions for children and adults with special needs

Face Masks Available

Our talented Fairy Door creator is now creating these beautiful, handmade cotton Face-masks. As seen modeled by the beautiful Ciara and Belle

 

The masks come in a variety of designs and themes. Each mask is machine washable and can be re-used. 

Investing in a reusable Face mask is good for the environment and for your pocket!

The masks can be purchased in businesses throughout Connemara

  • Connemara Horse and Country
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Veldons, Letterfrack
  • Inishbofin Ferry Tickets
  • Dolphin Hotel Inishbofin

All proceeds go directly to Connemara Therapeutic Riding.

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages for new designs!

We value your continued support, thank you.

Connemara Therapeutic Riding Awarded CSP Funding

 

Connemara Therapeutic Riding CLG welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD that it is to be granted funding under the Community Services Program. Minister Ring announced the news on Friday 25th October during his visit to Forum Connemara in Letterfrack, Co. Galway and said he was “delighted to be able to support the wonderful work being carried out by Connemara Therapeutic Riding” while also speaking of the importance of having services and a community to support people especially those in a rural area. Clients and volunteers from Connemara Therapeutic Riding were in Letterfrack along with a Therapeutic Riding Connemara pony to welcome Minister Ring.

 

The Community Services Programme (CSP) supports community companies and co-operatives to deliver local social, economic and environmental services that tackle disadvantage by providing a co-funding contribution towards the cost of employing a manager and full-time equivalent (FTE) positions.

 

Connemara Therapeutic Riding (CTR) was formed as a CLG in 2017 after operating successfully since 2015 as a voluntary community group. CTR provides a community-based Therapeutic Riding service for adults and children with physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities while promoting the Connemara pony as an ideal equine. Therapeutic Riding is a worldwide recognised therapy to improve physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioural and educational skills as well as being a healthy and fun activity. To date over seventy people have availed of the service. The service is delivered at Errislannan Manor, Clifden, Co. Galway with fully qualified Therapeutic Riding coaches using specially trained Connemara ponies. Minister Ring’s announcement will enable CTR to employ a full-time manager and three full-time equivalents providing a welcome boost to the local economy. Cathy Keane, Chairperson of CTR says “the Community Services Programme will enable CTR to grow it’s social enterprise and enhance the service it is providing to current clients as well as attracting new clients. This much needed funding will give also CTR the opportunity to develop a tourism offering”. CTR plans, with the aid of CSP funding to promote Connemara as an accessible tourism destination and to develop links with other tourism service providers in the area.

 

Since its formation Connemara Therapeutic Riding has worked closely with local organisations such as Forum Connemara, the Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society, businesses and strategic partners, and also local schools and daycare centres.  Support has also been given to participants from Ability Connemara. The Ability programme provides funding to local, regional and national projects in the Republic of Ireland that focus on bringing young people with disabilities between the ages of 15 and 29 closer to the labour market.

 

CTR is committed to supporting the objectives of the Community Services Programme and looks forward to embracing the next part of it’s journey.

 

For more information on Connemara Therapeutic Riding please visit www.connemaratherapeuticriding.com .

Connemara Therapeutic Riding Novelty Pony Show

Manor Arena, Clifden, Co. Galway was once again the venue for the third annual Connemara Therapeutic Riding Novelty Show. The show took place under blue skies on Sunday 22nd September. Boasting over 140 entries this year the show continues each year to attract more entries.
An exciting schedule of inclusive classes enticed entries from adults and children alike and Judges Eleanor Curran and Padraig Geoghegan had a hard task in selecting winners from the hotly contested classes. One young competitor even travelled the long distance from Dublin to take part. The Mini Handlers and Young Handlers classes started the day off with 21 and 16 competitors respectively enjoying the opportunity to show off their pony handling skills. These young competitors left no doubt in anyone’s mind that they will be the showing superstars of the future. As in every class all competitors received a rosette and a novelty prize with the judges selecting Aoife Gorham and her pony Doonhill Misty Dawn as the winner of the mini handlers class. Kathryn Conneely showing Saoirse na Mara was victorious in the Young Handlers Class.
A new addition to the schedule this year was the Walk Trot class, which proved very popular and was deservedly won by Inishbofin native Kitty Concannon riding her pony Lenny. The lead rein showjumping and cross pole showjumping classes are always well supported and they give future showjumpers the chance to impress the judges and spectators with their bravery and skill. Taking the lead rein showjumping title this year was Tiernan Diamond Carey, while Eliosia Boulger took the title in the cross pole showjumping class.
The jockey and groom showjumping class involved teams of two with the jockey first jumping the course on a pony followed by the groom jumping the course on foot. It was evident that had Philip Duane and his groom Diarmuid Roche had serious practice put in beforehand which led them to jumping clear in the fastest time.
Beautifully and creatively plaited ponies entered the ring for the best mane and tail class. A huge amount of time must have gone into getting ponies ready for this class, with manes and tails decorated in flowers, ribbons, bows and glitter. Sadhbh O’Toole took a break from her busy dressage career to attend the show and her plaiting skills were rewarded when she received first prize for her pony Kayleigh.
An array of colour could be seen in the arena for the Fancy Dress class. Entries included a superhero, Rapunzel, Pocahontas , and Willy Wonka. Following a long deliberation in a class of very creative entries the judges chose Yann and Alex Walch entry ‘On Safari’ as their eventual winner.
Pony most like its owner was awarded to Belle and her owner Ciara Heanue who wowed the judges in their purple ensemble. The obstacle course is always great fun and once again proved challenging for all contestants. Spectators were on the edge of their seats as they cheered on the riders. The appearance of a giant Winnie the Pooh caught out a few people. Ciara Heanue and her pony Lochy scooped the prize in the final class of the day.
A huge thanks goes to the Noonan Family for the use of their fantastic facilities, to the judges, stewards and volunteers without whom the show could not have been run. A very special thank you to all the generous sponsors and most importantly thanks to all the competitors who took part. We look forward to welcoming you all back again next year. Keep an ear out for some exciting news regarding next year’s classes.
All photos from the show can be viewed on the Connemara Therapeutic Riding Facebook page. If you are interested in finding out more about Connemara Therapeutic Riding please contact Marion on 083 8418448.