Over the last 6 years, the Carbrook team have developed an educational program with a strong reputation for the ongoing support of young people in the community who have been identified as ‘at risk’, and unable to attend mainstream school.
The Carbrook Animal Assisted Learning and Education Centre was established in January 2013 at Logan City Council’s ‘Old Carbrook School’, by the Shaftesbury Centre. The program initially operated as a ‘Flexible Arrangement’ for students who required an additional targeted support program. In mid-2017, after the closure of the program, Equine Learning & Life Adventures Ltd was established to ensure the long-term operations of the program and the Centre was reopened later the same year.
In 2018, Equine Learning & Life Adventures Ltd reformed into Transformed Futures Ltd, a not for profit organisation which aims, among other things, to provide quality services, educational and other, for young people ‘at risk’ or with complex needs, and to promote life-long learning through Valuing Diversity, Inspiring Learning and Expanding Futures. Planning then began for the Centre to be accredited as an Independent Special Assistance School. The Carbrook Animal Assisted Learning Centre re-opened as an accredited independent Special Assistance School in early 2019.