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Therapy Ponies

Last updated: 4.16pm, Wednesday 14th February 2018 by

Our residents had some welcome visitors this week in the form of two ponies.

Maggie's Voice, an organisation set up with the concept of providing a form of experiential therapy, which involves interactions between people and ponies visited our home.

The ponies, Marshmallow and Rollo from Lili Wen Farm in Tair Waun Uchaf, Pontypridd, were gladly welcomed to our home as they have been shown to increase wellbeing through participation in a fun activity and benefit people with mobility issues, communication issues or dementia. Ponies offer affection and 'connection' through touching and stroking, both of which can be theraputic.

Our residents were able to talk to the team from Maggie's Voice and ask questions about the ponies, as well as getting right up close to them to stroke them.

Our Home Manager, Janice Evans said: "At Ty Llandaff, we're always looking to do fun activities and events to keep our residents entertained and they really enjoyed Maggie's Voice visiting us. It was the first time the ponies had visited a care home, and you could see straight away how spending time with them had an uplifting effect on our residents."

"Thanks to the ponies being able to come directly into our cafe bar, even our less mobile residents were able to give them a stroke or a cuddle. They certainly brought lots of smiles to so many faces and we will be inviting the Maggie's Voice group back!"

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