How a little of your time could make a big difference

Enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers are the backbone of any RDA Group. Without volunteers, Groups simply could not achieve what they do.

Volunteers do not need to be riders or have any specific horse knowledge; or to have experience of working with children/adults with disability.

Helping at a riding session is a fun way to get some exercise each week. Each ride lasts for half an hour, so volunteers must be reasonably fit

Team Work:

Each pony and rider has a “team” of volunteers working with them, under the direction of the Instructor taking the ride.

  • 1 helper leads and controls the pony;
  • 1 or 2 side walkers assist the rider as necessary – The aim is to encourage the rider to do as much as they can for themselves, while being ready to provide support when it is needed.


All volunteers receive appropriate training from the Group, and complete a Volunteer Training Record card (issued by the RDA National Office.)

If you are interested in volunteering  you would be welcome to come and observe a ride, and learn more


DBS Checks:

Since June 2006, all new volunteers have been required to pass a  check by the The Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau). This is carried out through the RDA National Office, as the umbrella organisation.

For more information on volunteering – see the Riding for the Disabled Association’s national website