The South Downs RDA Group has a great team of volunteers, of various ages and backgrounds, but we are always on the look out for more help, so if you think you would like to become involved, please read on below, or why not read one of our Volunteer’s Stories, and then do get in touch. You are very welcome to come along to see what we do without making any commitment, but please do make contact first.
What makes a good volunteer?
Someone who is an enthusiastic team player, friendly, understanding, with a good sense of humour and who will be helpful and respectful to fellow volunteers and riders alike.
Previous experience with horses, and with children and adults with disabilities is very useful – but it is not essential. There are lots of different roles within the team, so there are many opportunities for volunteers to contribute in different ways.
What could you do? A variety of roles, the list below should give you some idea …
- Groom and tack up horses
- Fit hats and gloves for riders
- Do pre-ride exercises with riders
- Lead horses during rides – taking responsibility for the horse/pony
- Sidewalk – walking alongside riders to assist, instruct and support as required
- Instruct – subject to appropriate training and assessment
- Update articles for website & Facebook
- Organise occasional social events.
When and for how long?
Wednesday mornings during term time between approximately 9.15 – 12.30 followed by coffee and a chat for those who have time. We follow (more or less) the school calendar and have breaks at half term, Christmas, Easter, and in the summer, but of course behind the scenes work goes on year round.