H.E.L.P. the Helpers Program
H.E.L.P. charity is stepping up and launching a temporary program "H.E.L.P. the Helpers" in this time of uncertainty for all First Responders and all Hospital staff who are affected by working during the COVID-19 crisis.
How horses help
Horses are large and powerful, and create a natural opportunity for participants to overcome fear and develop self-confidence. Horses have unique personalities, moods, and attitudes, which makes them perfectly suited to metaphorical learning. Participants can take the experiences they have with the horses and apply them to different situations in their lives.
Through experiences with the horses during H.E.L.P. the Helpers workshop program, participants are provided with opportunities to discover new ways of approaching life and connecting with the self and others.
Partnering with horses in therapy can help participants to learn about themselves, process thoughts and emotions, and influence change in an engaging and active way. Establishing relationships with horses allows for a non-threatening and non-judgmental way to develop solutions to problems and discover strategies that help in the healing process.
What we do
H.E.L.P. the Helpers program is a full day workshop for our helpers who are affected by the stress and uncertainty while working during the pandemic. These workshop dates will be lunched as soon as we have a level of normality, it is safe to do so, and also registrations.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy and Personal Development follows the EAGALA (Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association) Model and is facilitated by a team of an Equine Specialist and a Mental Health Professional. All therapy is carried out from the ground and involves no horseback riding.
How will this workshop work:
The workshop will be facilitated by a registered mental health therapist and a certified equine specialist and will include two equine assisted psychotherapy sessions (EAGALA model), a mindfulness strategy development session, and connection through peer-to-peer support and conversation. Lunch and light snacks will also be provided during the workshop.
Funding and cost for the workshop:
The workshop is offered at zero cost to the “helper”. We are asking anyone who is willing and able to help support our First Responders and Hospital Staff to make a monetary donation today every dollar is helpful and appreciated. Every $100.00 raised for this specific program will assist one helper to attend the workshop.
Can I receive a charitable tax receipt for the donation?
YES! all donors are sent a charitable tax receipt, registered Canadian Charity # 76014 3321 RR0001
Can I donate by E-transfer?
YES! please send E-Transfer donations to and also email us with the security answer.
I'm a front line helper and would like to attend, how do I apply for the next workshop?
Where will the workshop be held?
The workshop will be held at our Ottawa Host Facility called Tranquil Acres located just 30 minutes south of Ottawa, Ontario city centre.
Privacy and Confidentiality:
The H.E.L.P. Organization follows rules and regulations outlined by the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) of 2004 regarding all information collected from the participants including registration forms, session notes, and other personal information received during the retreat program. For more information on the specific of PHIPA (2004) please follow this link (https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/04p03#BK19).
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out at any time! We are all in this together and we are working to H.E.L.P. in any way we can!
H.E.L.P. the Helpers program will continue with ongoing participant interest and funding.