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NTLS Team replied to the topic 'Where/how do I get started?' in the forum. 03/07/2018

This is a very common question and the more detail we have the better we can help of course. But here a few ways to get started that work for almost any situation.

  1. The more you know, the better educated you are the easier it will be for you to spot what methods work and what not. So start with reading everything you can find. Start with our Science of Learning: ; then go on and read everything in our other sections. Especially the Home Schooling and Behavioral Therapies Sections ; if you are a teacher also check out the Movement Method section and if you have a background in horses also check the Equine Therapy section <br/> after that move on to our research section and the blog which both have a lot of information on helping your child.
  2. If you like what you saw, we and you are looking to help your children with behavioral issues or life skills, join us and become a Silver Member to learn more in our Behavioral Modules . Also become a Silver Member if you are more looking for improving academical skills but then check out our Lesson Plans .
  3. We also strongly suggest you check out our Movement Method 1 & 2 Online Certification course as that will give you a lot of information how to work with your children, how to know if a person working with your child is right for your child, and more. You can find the course here:
  4. Once you have taken the course we can talk in more detail on what next steps to take. This could be going for an intensive family week to one of our Practitioners or Mentors, it could be that you would like for one of our trainers to come to you and train people that are working with your child or it could be that we can just guide you into the right direction through advice here in the forum or via email. All that depends on your personal situation.

The most important thing is that you continue with what you have done! Ask for help and ask as many questions until you feel you know what you do and why and what your roadmap for your children and family is!


NTLS Team created a new topic ' Where/how do I get started?' in the forum. 03/07/2018

We very often get questions along this line:

I have 2 daughter s with autism I live in CITY,STATE and I need help..

So below a few tips and suggestions on how to get started.


This came in from an apprentice Mentor, and we thought these questions are too good to keep to ourselves:

"I was just wondering how you run and advertise your Movement Method sessions at New Trails? I am brainstorming ways I could run my movement method sessions once I have gone through the evaluation and I was wondering how you do things? For instance:

How often do you see a child?
Do you advertise the Movement Method as an alternative education route?"


NTLS Team replied to the topic 'test' in the forum. 11/07/2017



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NTLS Team created a new topic ' Stiff one sided horse, what can I do?' in the forum. 04/23/2016

Just started to watch the back-riding video again to refresh my theory...Probably would make sense to get one of those German martingales for my mare – what are they called in the Uk, do you know?

My mare is quite stiff/tense on one side... as far as I’ve worked it out, it probably comes from using her on the same side when driving in the carriage and ploughing, and she just developed more muscles on one side than the other. Can you recommend any exercises I could do with her to help her develop her muscles more symmetrically?

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NTLS Team created a new topic ' Do's and don'ts when looking for a suitable horse' in the forum. 05/12/2015

What should one avoid when shopping for a Horse Boy Method horse?

NTLS Team replied to the topic 'UK SPECIFIC - Charities' in the forum. 04/29/2015
NTLS Team replied to the topic 'UK SPECIFIC - CICs' in the forum. 04/29/2015
NTLS Team created a new topic ' UK SPECIFIC - Charities' in the forum. 04/29/2015

We frequently get questions from our UK Practitioners about structures like charities, CICs, how to set them up, what are the best structure for them etc.

Clearly we are not qualified to answer this but Sian Lockwood who runs Community Catalyst in the UK compiled the following information for us from government websites. We hope it will help you!

And here the following information in nicer formating:

A Community Interest Company (or CIC) is a normal limited company with extra features to mark it out as a Social Enterprise.

The CIC Regulator
CICs come under the regulation of the Office of the CIC Regulator. The Regulator's job is to make sure that the CIC is genuinely a Social Enterprise and is not abusing the trust that the public expects to put in a Community Interest Company. It does this by requiring the CIC to pass a Community Interest Test and to have an Asset Lock.

Community Interest test
To become a CIC, an organisation needs to satisfy the Regulator that its purposes could be regarded by a reasonable person as being in the community or wider public interest. The CIC has to report back to the regulator every year about the way in which it has delivered its responsibilities under this test.

Asset Lock
The asset lock is included in the Articles of Association and is designed to ensure that the assets of the CIC (including any profits or other surpluses generated by its activities) are used for the benefit of the community. The asset lock prohibits CICs from distributing their assets or profits to their members or prevents directors stripping the assets from the company.

The constitutional documents for your CIC (called Memorandum & Articles of Association) must state the Aims of the organisation. Only you can say what you intend, but we have put together some examples to show how it is done.

Other than these extra features, the CIC operates like a normal business. This means that:
• Directors can take a salary
• There are no tax or other concessions (so a CIC has to pay VAT on its income and corporation tax on any profits and is not entitled to relief on council tax)
• Accounts do not have to be audited unless the company’s annual turnover exceeds £5.6 million

1. Can a CIC obtain public/charitable funding?
That depends on the policies of the funding body concerned; but CICs have been around long enough now to be recognised by most experienced funding bodies. A CIC cannot seek contributions from the general public.
2. Can a CIC buy and sell goods or services?
Yes. A CIC can run much like a normal business provided it acts responsibly and reasonably. Its actions are subject to scrutiny by the CIC Regulator.

3. Can a CIC pay its executives and directors?
There is no restriction (unlike with charities) provided the salaries can be shown to be reasonable (this is subject to scrutiny by the CIC Regulator).

4. How long does it take to register a CIC?
The Community Interest Company (CIC) has to pass through the normal Companies House procedures AND be checked by the CIC Regulator’s office, which slows registration down. Furthermore, CICs cannot be formed electronically - documents have to be submitted by post. It can therefore take up to four weeks to complete the process.

5. What are the protections for the directors and members/shareholders?
As with normal companies the CIC benefits from "limited liability". This means that the CIC will be liable for the actions of its directors and directors will not incur personal liability, except in certain exceptional circumstances (such as where the director has acted fraudulently, or continued to trade when the CIC has become insolvent). Shareholders will only be liable up to the amount of their contribution (where a CLS), and members only up to a nominal amount (usually £1) in the event it winds up (where the CIC is limited by guarantee).

6. Who regulates CICs? Are the reporting requirements the same as for normal companies?
CICs are regulated by the CIC regulator with what is intended as a "light-touch". This compares with the relatively "heavy" regulation of charities by the Charity Commission. However, the CIC regulator will respond to complaints from stakeholders and has considerable powers to act to protect the community interest.
As with all companies, CICs are required to file annual accounts and an annual return with Companies House. In addition, a CIC has to file a community interest report annually, which will explain how the CIC pursued the community interest and involved its stakeholders and will, if applicable, give details of payments to directors and any dividends paid.
7. What do I need to do to set up a CIC?
First of all you need to make an application to Companies House for a small fee, currently £35. The application should include form CIC36 which sets out the CIC's social purpose and the activities it will carry out to achieve it, its proposed governing document (the articles of association) and some administrative forms for each director. Provided there are no issues raised by the CIC regulator or Companies House, the CIC should be registered around two to three weeks from the application date. Unfortunately, it is still not possible to register a CIC electronically, which can speed up the registration process for normal companies.

For more information go to:

NTLS Team created a new topic ' UK SPECIFIC - Charities' in the forum. 04/29/2015

We frequently get questions from our UK Practitioners about structures like charities, CICs, how to set them up, what are the best structure for them etc.

Clearly we are not qualified to answer this but Sian Lockwood who runs Community Catalyst in the UK compiled the following information for us from government websites. We hope it will help you!

And here the following information in nicer formating:
[File Attachment: Charities.pdf]

What is a charity?
To be a charity in England and Wales, an organisation must satisfy the definition of a charity in the Charities Act (most recently amended in 2011). The Charities Act says that a ‘charity’ must have ‘charitable purposes’ that help the public (known as being ‘for public benefit’).
Charitable purposes
There are 13 charitable purposes defined in the Charity Act and they include activities that contribute to:
• relieving poverty
• education
• religion
• health
• saving lives
• citizenship or community development
• the arts
• amateur sport
• human rights
• religious or racial harmony
• the protection of the environment

An organisation’s purpose cannot be a charitable purpose if it does not fall within the descriptions of purposes and is not for the public benefit, including if it is:
• a political purpose
• unlawful or against public policy
• intended to serve a non-charitable purpose

Public benefit
The charity’s ‘purpose’ is what it is set up to achieve. For an organisation to be a charity, each of its purposes must be for the public benefit. The Charities Act 2011 calls this the ‘public benefit requirement’.

The public benefit requirement has two aspects:
• The ‘benefit aspect’
To satisfy this aspect:
o a purpose must be beneficial - this must be in a way that is identifiable and capable of being proved by evidence where necessary and which is not based on personal views
o any detriment or harm that results from the purpose (to people, property or the environment) must not outweigh the benefit - this is also based on evidence and not on personal views
• The ‘public aspect’
To satisfy this aspect the purpose must:
o benefit the public in general, or a sufficient section of the public - what is a ‘sufficient section of the public’ varies from purpose to purpose
o not give rise to more than incidental personal benefit - personal benefit is ‘incidental’ where (having regard both to its nature and to its amount) it is a necessary result or by-product of carrying out the purpose
An organisation cannot be a charity if it has some purposes that are charitable and some that are not.

Setting up a Charity
There are 6 steps to setting up a charity.
1. Find trustees for the charity – charities usually need at least 3.
2. Make sure the charity has ‘charitable purposes for the public benefit’.
3. Choose a name for the charity.
4. Choose a structure for the charity.
5. Create a ‘governing document’.
6. Register as a charity if your annual income is over £5,000 or if you set up a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO).

Legal structures for a charity

Charitable company

You register a charitable company with Companies House.
Trustees have limited or no liability for a charitable company’s debts or liabilities.
Charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)
A CIO is an incorporated structure designed for charities. You create a CIO by registering with the Charity Commission. You don’t need to register with Companies House.
Trustees have limited or no liability for CIO debts or liabilities.

Charitable trust
A ‘charitable trust’ is a way for a group of people (‘trustees’) to manage assets such as money, investments, land or buildings.
Unincorporated charitable association
An ‘unincorporated charitable association’ is a simple way for a group of volunteers to run a charity for a common purpose.

Unincorporated charitable associations can’t employ staff or own premises.
Register your charity
You must apply to register your charity if:
• its income is at least £5,000 per year or it’s a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)
• it’s based in England or Wales (the rules are different in Scotland and Northern Ireland)

Supporting documents
When you apply you’ll be asked:
• about your charity’s charitable purposes
• how you run your charity for public benefit
• for proof that your charity’s annual income is above £5,000, unless you’re a CIO

You’ll also need to give your charity’s:
• name
• bank or building society details
• most recent accounts
• contact details, including a postal address
• trustees’ names, dates of birth and contact details
• a copy of your charity’s governing document (in PDF format)

Proof of income
Proof of income, if needed, can be any one of:
• your charity’s latest ‘published’ annual accounts (in PDF format) - they must have been approved as proof of income by an independent examiner or auditor
• a recent bank statement (as a scanned image)
• a formal offer of funding from a recognised funding body (as a scanned image)

Can trustees be paid?

Charities cannot pay salaries to trustees, except in special cases approved by the Charity Commission. In most cases, this means that the person who founded the organisation and is its main driving force cannot be on the board of Trustees.
Charities can pay expenses to trustees for carrying out their duties. In certain circumstances charities can pay trustees for work done for the charity (but not for their work as a trustee).

Can charities trade?

Charities may not “permanently trade”, which means it is not suitable for selling goods or services.

What tax concessions are available to charities?

Charities can get certain tax reliefs. To benefit they must be recognised by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Charities don’t pay tax on most types of income as long as they use the money for charitable purposes.
They can claim back tax that’s been deducted, eg on bank interest and donations (this is known as Gift Aid).

How are charities regulated?

In England and Wales charities are regulated by the Charity Commission. Charities have to make annual returns, in which they demonstrate how they have delivered their purpose and satisfied the public interest test. They must also submit yearly accounts which must have been audited. There are special rules for the auditing of charity accounts.

What costs are involved in setting up a new charity?
There are costs involved in setting up any new organisation, and charities are no exception. In addition to the usual start-up costs, you may need to factor in the fees for taking legal and tax advice about charitable status, and for assistance in getting the charity registered.

How long is it likely to take to set up a new charity?
It may take some lead-in time to decide exactly what you are trying to achieve, whether there is a need for it, and the best way of going about it. Having done that, a company can be set up quickly – in a day if necessary. Other corporate vehicles, such as industrial and provident societies, take a little longer to register. In either case, time will have to be spent in getting the constitution right for your organisation.

Registration with the Charity Commission takes some time on top of that. Their published aim is to decide on an application for registration in an average of 40 days, but in our experience it can take considerably longer. In particular, if the Charity Commission has questions or concerns about the proposed activities of the charity, there may be a series of questions. It is possible that the Commission will require some redrafting of the charity's constitution. This may be time consuming. But be aware that if you solicit money for an institution on the basis of a representation that it is a registered charity, and it is not a registered charity, you may be committing a criminal offence.

How can charities use their money?
Charitable money can only be used to further their charitable purpose and for public benefit. There are very strict rules around this, set down in comprehensive guidance issued by the Charity Commission

The underpinning rule is the charitable money cannot be used for non-charitable purposes. For charities that issue grants this means that:
• the charity can issue grants to individuals, only if they are included within the groups named as intended beneficiaries of the charity
• the charity can give grants to other charities
In addition as the CIC structure has become accepted
• the charity can give grants to CICs, as long as they are legally constituted as a CIC and regulated by the CIC regulator