Roy Moselle’s office is among the horses: ‘Dreams are there to be chased’

Roy Moselle on the meadow at Zorgstal Helvoirt

To provide a counterweight to the ‘big grits’ in the daytime for people with a disability. This is what social work student Roy Moezel wants to achieve with his social enterprise SamenMaatjes. “The name says it all: I do not want to be a supervisor, but a real comrade.”

“Welcome to my office garden,” Roy says with a laugh. He sits down at one of the picnic tables between the meadows filled with horses. His working environment today is Zorgstal Helvoirt. He comes here every week with Isabeau. Isabeau has a disability and Roy guides her through his social activities.

Working with horses
They are truly among the horses. There are no less than 42 in the stable in Helvoirt. Special education students help maintain the animals and the grounds. Isabeau also helps. In the paddock further ahead, a girl is working with one of the horses. The large animal looks at her curiously and sticks its snout out. As she steps up to the horse, he politely steps back.

Roy looks at it. “Beautiful, not true, that interaction?” He explains that horses reflect clients’ behavior and that, for example, it can help learn to set boundaries. He also sees Isabeau grow by interacting with the horses.

start signal
Roy came in contact with Isabeau’s mother when the coronavirus broke out. Due to the closure, the young woman was unable to go to her activities during the day. Roy was babysitting and they did all sorts of things together. The daytime hours started again with a relaxation of the corona rules, but Isabeau’s mother soon knocked on Roy’s door again: she missed the one-on-one guide for her daughter.

For Roy, it was the start of his own company: SamenMaatjes. He wants to guide people with disabilities and help them become part of society, to be heard. Part-time students have always wanted to be entrepreneurs. “I first took a technical education, but it did not suit my interests. Then I read to junior account manager because entrepreneurship seemed a bit off to me. I missed the social part of that education, and therefore I still chose Social Work. ”

The importance of personal attention
The student got the idea for his own business during an internship at a large health organization. “I monitored a group of clients with a disability. I found it hard to be aware of everyone because you have so many people under your care. While I think you need to be able to listen to people to help them grow. I just could not do that there. ” According to Roy, adaptation is central to SamenMaatjes: “I talk to my customers: what do they want to learn? Where do we start? At Isabeau’s I know the horses, but if anyone wants to become a baker, I talk to a bakery to discuss the possibilities.”

His goal: to make customers more independent. “You can see daytime activities as a way to keep people with disabilities busy, but if you listen to them and help them with what they find difficult, you see them grow!” Roy sees this happen with his own eyes on Isabeau. From the nursing home, they go into the neighborhood with Shetland Lars and sometimes with parrot Kiwi to squeeze waste. Lars has garbage bags on his back and Isabeau leads the pony on the rope.

“Lars is pretty stubborn,” Roy says. “You have to be strong to go with him, otherwise he’ll stick his nose in every tuft of grass we encounter.” He notes that the handling of Shetland teaches Isabeau to set boundaries. “If you are not ready, Lars pushes you aside. Isabeau stands up more for himself. She had better make her own choices. And the barn customers turn to her in the barn. She feels heard. This can be seen in her daily life. People no longer talk about her in front of her, but with her. ”

Roy and Isabeau with pony Lars (right Photo: Roy Moselle)

In the end, Roy hopes to be able to mentor even more customers from his own company besides Isabeau. He is now working hard to get it all set up properly. “There is quite a lot involved, such as having your own website. will be launched on May 18, I look forward to that. ”

In time, he will even provide a smaller living environment for people with disabilities. But his ambitions do not stop at SamenMaatjes. Last year, he entered municipal politics and began working as a political group supporter focusing on the inclusive community.

“I want to link Social Work to politics. It strikes me that local politicians are often in the picture in the months before the election, but in between you see and hear nothing. ” To improve the connection between politicians and citizens, he created ‘Politics in motion’. “Politicians will serve coffee at the retirement home, offer support in the neighborhood and personally invite residents to meetings. Take off your jackets and talk from person to person, and the voters will feel heard! ”

“Fantastic”, Roy thinks it’s his own boss and can run a business. He looks around. “I enjoy being outside, surrounded by animals and people, and I can get to work practically. What else do you want? “He can recommend any student to start a business:” Dreams are there to be chased, and the younger you are, the more you can do. What could go wrong? At worst, you learned a lot. ”

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