New Yatt Riding for the Disabled

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Volunteering

 

JOIN US TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO OUR LOCAL RIDERS

 

New Yatt RDA is run by a team of 60 unpaid volunteers and together we help over 100 children and adults with physical and/or learning difficulties to ride, offering them therapy, achievement and fun.

 

During sessions our helpers groom and tack up our horses and ponies; assist the qualified Coaches with mounting and dismounting riders and support the riders by leading or side-walking. Experience of handling horses and ponies is useful but reliability, willingness to learn, teamwork and a sense of humour are essential.

Volunteering
Volunteering

We aim to offer a friendly, supportive environment for our helpers and riders. Applicants will be invited by our Volunteer Coordinator to a site visit to discuss volunteering opportunities before completing an application form with references and an online enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (if working with riders). We are in a rural location so own transport is required.

 

New volunteers are teamed up with experienced helpers when they first join a session for in-house training; and we regularly to run New Helper interactive training event. NYRDA volunteers must abide by our Group policies and procedures regarding Training; Health & Safety and Safeguarding and are covered by the RDA Group Insurance policy.

 

Volunteering

We currently need volunteers for horse and site management duties on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday Mornings. On these days, when there are no sessions, we may need to cover farrier, vet, trainer and physiotherapist appointments plus helpers are organised into teams for site and paddock management dutues including moving fences, muck clearing and checking water troughs; tack cleaning and housekeeping of public areas.

 

Many of our volunteers are additionally involved in fundraising, promotion and community liaison and we welcome applicants with skills in these areas. Some volunteers attend more than once a week and may combine various roles.

 

Volunteer Applications: nyrda_helpers@googlegroups.com

 

Please email your name, address and telephone number/s with a brief outline of any relevant experience and days available. Sara, our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you as soon as possible.

 

PLEASE NOTE, ALL OUR HELPERS ARE VOLUNTEERS; WE DO NOT OFFER PAID EMPLOYMENT NOR FORMAL WORK EXPERIENCE.

 

 

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Duke of Edinburgh Award and YELA

 

Under the auspices of RDA National, New Yatt RDA is an approved activity provider of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and has a long and successful association with local schools.

 

New Yatt RDA also offers the Young Equestrian Leaders Award (YELA), which is a national scheme recognising and rewarding young people volunteering in equestrianism.