Riding for the Disabled offers children and adults the experience and freedom of horse riding to improve their confidence through riding, games and competitions. Lessons are a form of therapy for riders, and can improve balance, strength and social skills. The difference that horse riding makes to the lives of disabled adult and children makes RDA a fun and rewarding experience for all involved.
So if you fancy trying something new, come along to one of our yards and see the difference we make helping these adults and children. We support and organise volunteers based at University Park throughout the week at three different yards. With thanks to the SB Riding Club, we are now able to support volunteers from Sutton Bonington on Wednesday afternoons.
We also offer riding sessions for University of Nottingham students and staff who receive any form of university support for you to get in the saddle and experience riding for yourself. To find out more or to start a non-committal discussion about what we can do for you, please contact our Disability Sport Officer Hannah Webber: firstname.lastname@example.org or our Riding for the Disabled Officer at email@example.com
Our volunteers support a range of activities, depending on the yard. Some roles involve supporting riders, such as side walking, to lead horses and encourage safe riding and lesson participation. You can also help the riders before lessons by teaching horse related facts and games. The stables also need help grooming, tacking up, cleaning tack and walking horses to and from the fields. This is a great volunteering opportunity for those who have experience working with horses but no experience is necessary. If you love horses and want to work with those with additional needs then this could be the place for you! Training opportunities are also available, funded and organised by the club.
We offer one off volunteering days as well as regular volunteering opportunities which enable you to build a good relationship with both riders and yard members. The sessions take place every Wednesday and Saturday afternoon and throughout the week at three different yards within the Nottinghamshire area.
Our Wednesday PM sessions are also open to volunteers from Sutton Bonington Campus, with thanks to the Sutton Bonington Riding Club.
1) Click on the 'Register Your Interest' to contact the SVC for more details
2) We will send you the details to phone the RDA Volunteer Coordinator
3) They will invite you in for a session, if you are interested in getting involved on a regular basis after the session they will give you a short application form to complete.
Alternatively, please contact the University of Nottingham Equestrian Club Riding for the Disabled Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or leave a message on our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/UoNRDA/.
All details regarding transport to the stables can be provided by our SVC.
We are also an extremely sociable and friendly volunteering group who meet up regularly for socials including brunches, Christmas meals and this year we even hosted a volunteers riding holiday to the Brecon Beacons!