Assistance doesn’t just have to be financial. Herefordshire RDA can only deliver our equine therapy down to the large team of volunteers that donate time to us each week.
We are always in need of volunteers. Not only to help with our riders whilst they are on the horse, but to help keep the premises in good working order, and in keeping our horses in tip-top condition. The social aspect of being involved in Herefordshire RDA is invaluable to many of our riders, volunteers and staff. Having a common goal and surroundings where you are made to feel welcome and where communication and social wellbeing is encouraged and is paramount to the ethos which we carry.
What kind of tasks do volunteers undertake?
We need volunteers to carry out a variety of tasks in the Centre. The main roles are helping clients ride our ponies by leading or side-walking in our arena. We also need volunteers for yard tasks such as mucking out stables, cleaning tack and field maintenance.
If you can volunteer at the same time each week this allows you to build up a rapport with clients and help our coaches enable them to get the most of our their equine therapy experience
How much time do I have to give?
We have volunteers who come for 1 hour every fortnight to some who come for a day each week. We would be delighted if you could commit to an hour each week but anytime you can spare is valuable to us.
Do I have to have any horse experience?
Absolutely not. All volunteers go through an induction and training period where we show you how to carry out the tasks required. Don’t worry if you are not confident being around horses – there is opportunity to get as close or far away as you feel comfortable.
How is RDA organised and run?
Herefordshire RDA has a well-established leadership team which ensures good governance, management and the operations of the organization. Evaluation and monitoring of our activities, horses and humans is essential and this is overseen by a Board of Trustees.
We employ 3 members of staff who run the yard and office at RDA. All members of staff undergo training via the RDA programme and undergo regular safeguarding updates due to our work with vulnerable adults and young people.
All volunteers follow an induction programme approved by the National Riding for the Disabled office and work towards a signed off volunteer ‘Green Card’. All volunteers must undergo a DBS disclosure check as part of the induction process.
To register as a volunteer – we need you to complete this application form and then return to the office.
We will then book you in for an induction at the Centre.
If you’d like to visit the Centre, watch a lesson or see what goes on before you sign up – please get in contact to, we would love to show you around.
Contact us if you’d like more information.