Audrey Moughty (left), Cara Phort Family Resource Centre and Better Together volunteer, with Natalie Carey, Better Together Therapy Riding Centre owner, and therapy riding horse Oran, getting ready for their fundraising table quiz night, on Thursday November 23 at Clarke’s Bar, Mullingar.

Better Together and Cara Phort to host fundraising table quiz

Two local organisations with the shared mission of helping those in need have come together in a joint bid to raise awareness and funds in continued support of their respective development plans.

The two groups – Better Together Riding Therapy Centre, Lilliput, and Cara Phort Family Resource Centre, Ballynacargy – are hosting a fundraising table quiz at Clarke’s Bar, Patrick Street, Mullingar on Thursday November 23 at 7pm.

Therapeutic riding is an evidence-based therapy, recognised for decades to improve the physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and behavioural aspects of its clients’ lives; it’s also fun.

In therapeutic riding, the horse provides opportunities for positive cognitive, physical, sensory, social and emotional learning experiences for children and adults with additional needs.

Therapeutic riding coach Natalie Carey and her team support clients from schools (including special schools and schools with ASD classrooms) as well as adults from organisations, including the Muíriosa Foundation, Praxis and Galro.

Most recently Better Together has teamed up CAMHS to facilitate adults and teenagers improving mental health, in addition to working with individual clients.

Better Together are developing a plan for the creation of a sensory trail, which is a trail ride that incorporates natural and man-made elements and activities that incorporate all the senses.

A sensory trail addresses motor planning skills and various senses from travelling on (or leading) a pony along a track that provides therapeutic activity opportunities by combining colours, textures and scents of nature with interactive sensory games.

Any funds raised from the quiz will be invested in the creation of this sensory trail.

Cara Phort Family Resource Centre in Ballynacargy is part of the Family Resource Centres National Forum.

Thanks to a strong group of volunteers, the community based support programme in Ballynacargy provides support to locals in myriad ways: providing information, advice and support about the range of services and development options available locally; delivering education courses and training opportunities; providing counselling and support to individuals and groups, and establishing new community groups to meet local needs and the delivery of services (eg, childcare facilities, after-school clubs, men’s groups.)

If you would like to learn more about the services provided by both groups, see their websites at:; and