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  • Health & Wellbeing, Life Skills
  • Industry
  • 13/02/2023
  • Start Date
  • 16 - 25
  • Eligible Age Range

About this programme

We deliver the Team Programme, a twelve week course for young people between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five. The aim is to inspire and empower the participants, helping them to think about their future with confidence and purpose.On this course, they will learn the importance of resilience, teamwork, community, environment, and wellbeing.


  • Prince’s Trust Team Programme.
  • SQA Level 4 Personal Development Through Horsemanship.
  • SQA Level 4 Mental Health and Wellbeing.
  • John Muir Award (Discovery Level).

The programme includes two weeks of residential team-building activities, two weeks of work experience, two weeks of working as a team on a community project and six weeks on site. Each course will include eight participants. They will work with the horses for some time each day, developing unique bonds which enhance confidence and self-esteem. Horses provide instant and honest feedback on behaviour in the moment, creating a powerful, memorable coaching experience.

As well as working with the horses, the participants will be involved in other outdoor activities. Through skilled teaching, interpretation or facilitation, outdoor experiences readily become a stimulating source of personal growth and breakthroughs in learning. Some of the activities will include archery, mounted archery, mountain biking, mountaineering, rock climbing, fishing, bushcraft, and orienteering. The programme will culminate in planning for and participating in a wilderness expedition.

With regards to the work placements and community projects, we have built up strong relationships with many local organisations and companies within the local area, for example the Rotary Club, and all are keen to help this particular age-group progress with their lives.

The Prince’s Trust states that three out of four people who complete their Team Programme go on to work or college courses within three months. We would expect our figures to reflect this. We would also expect the new friendships made throughout the programme to continue and provide a peer support system once the course has completed.

Where you'll be

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  • Address Ferrar, Dinnet, Aboyne AB34 5LD, UK
  • Post Code AB34 5LD

Things to know

Updated on September 6, 2022 at 4:02 pm
  • Industry: Health & Wellbeing, Life Skills
  • Programme Type: Course
  • Eligible Age Range: 16 - 25
  • Qualification Gained: Prince's Trust Team Programme Award, Personal Development Through Horsemanship, John Muir Award
  • Course Length: 12 weeks
  • Start Date: 13/02/2023
  • End Date: 05/05/2023
  • Course Capacity: 8
  • Eligible Groups: Not in Full Time Education, In Receipt of Benefit, Lone Parent, Homeless / At Risk of Homelessness, Care Experienced, Refugee, Ex-Offender, LGBT+, BME Groups, Health Conditions, Long Term Unemployment
  • Attendance Pattern: 9.30am to 4.15pm, Monday to Friday
  • Travel Expenses Covered: No
  • Pipeline Stage (if applicable): Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, Stage 4
  • Postcode Eligibility: Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen

Meet your tutor


Taff was born in Pontypool, South Wales in 1962. After leaving school in 1978 he worked in a tinplate factory as a forklift operator and joined the Territorial Army in 1979. In 1983, in the midst of many industries collapsing in Wales, he was made redundant. His father advised him “go join the Army for 3 years, by the time you come home everything will be sorted”. He took his Dad’s advice, but went on to do much more than 3 years in the Army! He first enlisted into the Regular Army in 1984 and deployed on several operational tours including the Falkland Islands, Northern Ireland, Belize, Gulf War One, Kosovo, Iraq and with the UN. He attended Section Commanders’ and Platoon Sergeants’ Battle Courses. His last appointment within the ranks was Regimental Sergeant Major. He was commissioned in 2005 and has held the appointments of Squadron Second in Command, Regimental Training Officer, Unit Welfare Officer, Administration Officer, Training Major and aQuartermaster. In April 2013 he retired from the Regular Army at the rank of Major. On retirement he was offered one of the Company Commanders posts in Aberdeen Universities Officer Training Corps Reserve Army, and in 2015 took the post of Quartermaster, Full Time Reserve Service at Aberdeen & Tayforth Officer Training Regiment. In 2008 he was awarded a Commander in Chiefs Certificate of Meritorious Service for his work as a welfare officer. At age 60 he retired from the military again (after 42 years, 3 months & 24 days service) and took up the post of ‘Prince’s Trust Team Programme Coordinator’ at HorseBack UK. His interests are Military History in Northwest Europe 1939-45, collecting and consuming malt whisky, cycling, mountain biking, mountaineering and rugby.

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