Volunteering: What's Involved

 

"You can't go to an R.D.A centre without volunteers, parents, riders telling you amazing stories about those transformations that have happened in every centre"

- Ed Bracher Chief Executive R.D.A (national).

 

Bridgend County RDA rely solely rely on people to give up their time for free to help us so whether you can offer us a day a week or an hour a fortnight, any time you can spare to help us is appreciated.

 


Hear about Bridgend County RDA:

 

Helping in the session:

We run sessions on Mondays and Fridays 9:30am - 12:30pm (term time only), and Saturday morinings.

We are always looking for suitable volunteers to help run our sessions.
Before the lessons start, we need help to groom and tack up the horses and set up the arena.
During the lessons we need volunteers to lead and walk alongside the riders to help them get the most out of their experience with us, and keep them safe. We also need tea and coffee in between lessons - especially in the Winter!!
After the lessons have finished we need help to untack and put the horses to bed, and pack the equipment away.

 

 

Helping us raise funds:

We understand not everyone is able to help out in the sessions. We also need a team of people to help us raise the funds we need to keep going. Whether it's to help out at any of our events or to help us think of new fundraising ideas we would appreciate any time you can spare.

 

How to join our friendly team:

Your help is always appreciated and we look forward to having you on our team. Why not pop along to one of our sessions to see what we do and chat to the team? Alternatively, you can contact us for more information.
Please read the adjacent section for answers to frequently asked questions.

 

 

Making a donation/sponsorship:

It is vital we raise at least 10,000 every year for us to run. If you are interested in giving a donation, or becoming a sponsor for the Bridgend County R.D.A, whether it be personal or business, please contact us. Any donation, however big or small, is always gratefully received. For individual donations click below.

 

 

Groups:

Other R.D.A groups, up and down the U.K can be found here.

Frequently asked questions

 

Do I need any previous experience with horses or people living with a disability?

 

No experience is needed as we offer full training and support from day one.

 

I don't have any knowledge about horses. Does this mean I cannot help?

 

Of course it doesn't! We will teach you everything you need to know about horses. No previous experience is needed.

 

Is there an age restriction to volunteering with the R.D.A?

 

Unfortunately, there is. We cannot accept anyone younger than 12 to help in the sessions, however we may be able to work something out for joining our fundraising team.

 

Is there any paper work when joining the group?

 

There are a few things you will need to fill out but we keep all paper work to a minimum. You will need to fill in a volunteer application form. This includes references. Each volunteer is given a months trial. Following this, by law all volunteers need to fill out a Criminal Records Check (CRB), or now known as a DBS form. Unfortunately we cannot accept any other DBS checks from other places. Once you have started with us you will need to fill in a 'green card' which you and our designated instructor will fill out as you receive the requried training. This is to show we have given you the correct training to protect you, the horses and riders.

 

Do you offer private, weekend or evening classes?

 

Please contact us to discuss these options.

 

As a volunteer will I be able to ride the horses?

 

Unfortunately due to insurance purposes we cannot allow any of our volunteers to ride the horses.

 

What happens if I can't guarantee I will be able to help out all the time?

 

That is totally fine! Your help will always be appreciated whenever you are available to help and we will always look forward to seeing you, we just ask if you can let us know if you are unable to attend.

 

I cannot get to you until after you have started in the morning. Is that OK?

 

Of course, we understand many people have to do the school run in the morning or have other duties. You are able to come at a time that suits you.

 

I have a question that doesn't appear to be answered on the website?

 

If you have a question we haven't answered please don't hesitate to contact us and one of our team will be happy to help.

 

Advantages of becoming an RDA volunteer:

 

-Looks great on your CV.

 

-Learning new skills.

 

-Meeting new people.

 

-Satisfaction from helping individuals living with a disability to improve their quality of life.

 

-Being around horses is very theraputic.

 

-It's a good form of exercise.

 


 

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