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The AVCP is hosting a project for disabled and disadvantaged children funded by BBC Children in Need for the third year running. These sessions take place outside school hours. Please contact us if you are interested in these sessions. The sessions cost £5, should there be a problem with the cost of these activity sessions please contact the trustees on admin@avcp.co.uk or 07973222644.


The Alkham Valley Community Project and Therapeutic Riding Centre is a registered charity providing:

a) Therapeutic activities for disabled and disadvantaged adults and children to promote their health and wellbeing. 

b) Community participation in healthy recreation by the provision of facilities to learn skills related to horse riding carriage driving and horticulture.

c)Promoting the obects of the Riding for the Disabled Association including carriage driving (charity number 244108)

Activity sessions run from a 40 acre site in the Alkham Valley between Folkestone and Dover in Kent. The trustees of the AVCP follow the philosophy that being out in the countryside, enjoying nature, taking part in sport, being active, exercising, learning and achieving is beneficial to all.

Strategic Objectives

  • Access to rural environment improved for people with physical and learning disabilities, young people, children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, adults with mental health illness, carers and other groups who are vulnerable or hard to reach.
  • Access to equine sports for disabled and disadvantaged adults and children
  • Health and well-being of participants improved through physical activity, community involvement and learning.
  • Self-esteem and confidence of participants improved through achievements during riding and driving sessions, taking part in educational courses and training and taking part in competitions and training camps.
  • Vocational skills gained by staff, volunteers and participants through attending educational courses and training and also work experience placements at the project. Future prospects of further training or employment in this field increased.
  • Lifeskills and social skills of volunteers and participants developed through involvement in the activities and opportunities run by the project such as working with others and as part of a team.
  • Communication through all aspects of the project is key and improvements in this area can be seen in particular with riding and carriage driving for individuals with disabilities.
  • Individual achievements for completing training and qualifications

Upcoming Events

  1. Give Horses a Go

    Give Horses a Go at the AVCP.
    Sep 18

     The Alkham Valley Community Project is giving everyone the chance to get closer to horses for FREE with unique taster sessions as part of the national Give Horses a Go weekend held over the weekend of 17-18 September, 2016

    Whether you have been inspired by the Rio Olympics, or are just looking for a new activity to enjoy with the family, absolutely everyone is invited to come along to the AVCP on the 18th September. The activities will begin at 12 o’clock and will include a horse ride and the opportunity to groom a horse and experience a short ride in a carriage. Advanced booking is advisable on 07472910009 or 07973222644

    The Give Horses a Go weekend is an initiative run by the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), which sees riding schools, horse sanctuaries and equestrian events across the country offer everyone, no matter your age, gender or ability, the chance to get closer to horses and perhaps try riding for free. There’s no pressure though, if you just want to spectate or look at the horses, then this is all available too. 

A Lottery Funded Project

Sportivate – Places People Play

The AVCP periodicaly runs Sportivate projects which offer non active young people between the ages of 11 to 25 years a course of 6 riding lessons at reduced cost. Contact us to find out when the next Sportivte is due to start. 6 riding lessons @£30


Alkham Valley Community Project Activities at the AVCP

Carriage driving gives me a wonderful feeling of freedom.

— Steven Holland

Thoroughly enjoyable, interesting and comfortable.

— Amanda Brinkley