Community Development Initiative Horsepower is a community response to the issue of horse ownership in the Cherry Orchard area. The Horsepower committee are a group of predominantly young men being supported by FamiliBase. The committee are members of the Cherry Orchard community. Their aim is to provide a response to illegally owned equines in the area and also provide an opportunity for previously disengaged young people to participate in training and employment. Ultimately Horsepower want to develop a site in the Cherry Orchard/ Park west area for an equine facility that will rent stables at an affordable rate to local horse owners and potentially secure a social enterprise scheme and/or a social enterprise focal point.
Cherry Orchard Running Club
Community Development Initiative Cherry Orchard Running Club is unofficially in operation since 2012 when a group of local men started running as a way to support their rehabilitation. In 2016 FamiliBase were reviewing their programme and looking for ways to reach local young people not engaging in services. Running was proposed as an outreach activity to attempt to engage these young people in a health and social initiative. FamiliBase engaged with the local residents involved in running marathons and races and asked them for their support in coaching the young people for running activities. In February 2017, the junior section of Cherry Orchard Running Club was established. The Club was officially registered with the AAI in April 2017, since then it has grown from strength to strength. The club has a committee of local people currently being supported by FamiliBase.
The end goal being that these initiatives can operate independently of FamiliBase over time.