We are a charity that offers person centred, nature and animal based therapies to people of all ages and with a wide variety of mental health and physical conditions. Sessions with a Conquest Mentor are bespoke to the needs of the individual working outdoors with nature and our wonderful therapy animals when the weather allows. We have a wide variety activities and animals to cater for the most complex needs such as ADHD, autism, anxiety, trauma and many more social, emotional, mental health or physical needs. Conquest Centre is unique in having achieved a non-school Trauma Informed accreditation working with the great outdoors and therapy animals.
The importance of our work lies in that we are independent and accessible to those who need our support, even though we receive no statutory funding our ethos is to never turn anyone who needs us away, we fundraise for any shortfall created by those who can’t afford to pay for sessions. Students may be come to us via SEN from local schools or CAHMS but like most of our adult clients, many find us through local research, word of mouth or more recently via the local Open Mental Health network for adults or Somerset Big Tent for younger clients.
We measure impact via annual questionnaires which tells us that 98% of our clients feel more relaxed after their visit and 81% of parents or carers told us that they value coming to Conquest Centre because "it is hard for my family/my client and I to find places we can visit and enjoy together".
We also receive ad hoc feedback via emails and messages from parents and carers, recently one parent emailed with the following message
"XXX didn't have a very good start to this morning, he had lots of anxieties. Treacle, Olivia and the other lady who walked with him did an amazing job of calming him. So much so, that when he came home he started drawing with the chalks outside. It may not be a big thing for most people, but XXX doesn't usually mark make with this much control. He has to be in "his happy, calm place" to do this, which doesn't happen very often
To meet our objectives we have expanded our services and facilities to include the following:
Our facilities include: