Are you an experienced Equestrian Centre Manager? RDA has an exciting vacancy….

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RDA’s National Training Centre is being built at Lowlands Farm, Warwickshire and we are looking for an experienced Equestrian Manager to lead us through the transition period. The role is an important part of this exciting project and we are looking for a confident person to take us through the set up phase, develop processes and put systems in place in time for completion and opening of the site.
Closing date for applications is Monday 3 July 2017.
Apply by email with a covering letter explaining why you would be suitable for this role along with your CV to jelliston@rda.org.uk
For more information download the RDA Transition Manager Job Description

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Page Last Updated: June 20, 2017

Work For Us At RDA National Office

We have two exciting opportunities to join the staff team at RDA National Office, please see the job adverts below for full details.

The application deadline for both roles in Wednesday 31st May.


Coaching Qualifications Coordinator

Riding for the Disabled (RDA), Warwick

Summary of Job:
We are seeking a new member of staff to play a key role in supporting RDA coaches in delivering an excellent service to our riders.

This role is an excellent opportunity for someone who prides themselves on their administrative capabilities and organisational skills, and is keen to develop these further.

The main responsibilities of the role include:

  • Administering all RDA coaching courses and qualifications
  • Organising and making all administrative arrangements for coaching related events
  • Handling day-to-day enquiries from coaches and ensuring the coach review system is maintained.

About you:
The role is primarily office based and we are looking for someone with excellent administration skills; in an ideal world you will have coaching and/or equine knowledge.

You will need to be organised and self-motivated, being be able to manage your time effectively; providing telephone and email support to coaches and RDA groups, whilst working on a varied range of administrative tasks.

It is important that you are a confident communicator with exceptional customer service skills as you will be providing advice and guidance to our coaching workforce on a regular basis.

About Us:
RDA is a leading national charity, dedicated to enriching the lives of disabled people, through the provision of opportunities for riding, carriage driving and vaulting.

Our mission is to enrich the lives of disabled people through horses and our team at National Office work closely with our coaching workforce to ensure our groups are able to provide an excellent experience for those who take part in our activities.

This is a permanent full-time role, working 34 hours per week, although flexibility will be needed leading up to events, with extra hours covered by time off in lieu.

Salary is £20,000 per annum plus benefits.

Please ring Claire on 01926 405969 or email her on cmilican@rda.org.uk for a full job description. To apply please send a CV with covering email to cmilican@rda.org.uk.


Group Support Administrator (Maternity Cover)

Riding for the Disabled (RDA), Warwick

Summary of Job:
We are seeking a new member of staff to play a key role in supporting RDA groups in delivering an excellent service to our riders.

This role is an excellent opportunity for someone who prides themselves on their administrative capabilities and organisational skills, and is keen to develop these further.

The main responsibilities of the role include administrative support in three key areas:

  • Administering the service providing disclosure checks for volunteers
  • Providing administrative support in the delivery of an RDA national equestrian competition, held in July
  • Organising the collection of information and annual statistics from our 500 member groups and ensuring our database is kept up to date.

About you:
The role is office based and we are looking for an excellent administrator.

You will need to be organised and self-motivated, being be able to manage your time effectively; providing telephone and email support to our groups whilst working on a varied range of administrative tasks.

It is important that you are a confident communicator with exceptional customer service skills as you will be providing advice and guidance to our volunteer workforce on a regular basis.

We also value adaptability, we are looking for someone who will enjoy working on new projects and the challenges associated with a varied workload.

About Us:
RDA is a leading national charity, dedicated to enriching the lives of disabled people, through the provision of opportunities for riding, carriage driving and vaulting.

Our mission is to enrich the lives of disabled people through horses and our staff team at national office work closely with our network of national volunteers to ensure our groups are able to provide an excellent experience for those who take part in our activities.

This is a temporary role, providing maternity cover, working 34 hours per week although flexibility will be needed leading up to events, with extra hours covered by time off in lieu.

Salary is £18,000 (pro rata) per annum.

Please ring Matt on 01926405966 or email mcobble@rda.org.uk for a full job description. To apply please send a covering letter and your CV to mcobble@rda.org.uk

 

 

Page Last Updated: May 23, 2017

RDA Trading – new job opportunity

Looking for a new challenge?  RDA is recruiting a part time Trading Co-ordinator responsible for growing sales and income from the RDA online shop and at events. This is an exciting and varied role based at RDA National Office, Warwick. Ideal candidates will have creative flair, enthusiasm and enjoy working as part of an energetic, professional team.
To find out more download the RDA Trading Co-ordinator Job Description.  Visit the RDA online shop at http://www.rdashop.org.uk/

To apply please email a full CV and covering letter, describing why you would be suitable for this role to Sal Atkinson email satkinson@rda.org.uk  Direct Dial Tel 01926 405 975

Page Last Updated: August 15, 2016

Party in the Paddock Launch’s Accessibility Mark Arena

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Over 700 people attended the Party in the Paddock held at Moorwards Farm Equestrian Coaching facility based in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire.

This is the third year running that Moorwards Farm have held their annual Party in the Paddock but this year had a special significance as it also coincided with the opening of their brand new dedicated Accessibility Mark Arena.

As an Accessibility Mark accredited centre Moorwards Farm have met the criteria and undergone specialised training to be able to confidently provide a service to riders with both learning and physical disabilities to the highest standard as set out by RDA.

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), in partnership with Hoof, the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) participation programme launched the Accessibility Mark scheme to encourage those who do not already partake in equestrian activities or would not usually have the opportunity to do so, to experience the many benefits that riding can bring.

This new arena will have real benefits for riders with special needs who wish to participate in equine related activities, particularly those with autism who can very easily become over-whelmed by their environment, and is a great addition to the facilities at Moorwards Farm enabling year round riding protected from the elements.

Jodie Maile Yard Manager at Moorwards Farm Equestrian Coaching Facility said: “We are proud to be an Accessibility Mark centre and support RDA in their aim to ensure anyone with special needs get the opportunity to interact with horses.”

Events throughout the day included a dog agility display provided by Cippenham Dog Training Club, stunt performer Steve Dent and his horses, plus craft and food stalls and bouncy castles for the children. The new arena played host to a number of demonstrations such as, tent pegging from Skills at Arms, an insight into the world of miniature horses with Kelly Fox and Moorwards Farms’ own Young Equestrians to name a few.

Special guest Alex Uttley from acrobatic gymnast group ‘Spelbound’, winners of Britain’s Got Talent 2010, co-ordinated a stunning demonstration with young gymnasts from London Borough of Hillingdon Gymnastics Club, with all the entertainment provided showing the versatility of the new arena.

The event helped raise funds for charity HorseHeard, who provide equine facilitated learning for children and young adults; this learning develops key emotional and social intelligence skills and increases confidence and self-esteem.

Moorwards Farm Equestrian Coaching Facility also has a café and comfortable training lounges, providing the local community with a place to socialise, hold meetings, start horse riding or continue to develop their skills and have fun, everything from children’s pony parties, to a variety of programmes for all, such as Young Equestrians, Take Back the Reins and Pony Club.

For more information about Moorwards Farm Equestrian Coaching Facility visit www.moorwardsfarm.co.uk/

Cutting the ribbon - left to right Moorwards Farm owner Jodie Maile Noami Isaiah and Amy Caldwell.

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Page Last Updated: July 20, 2016

RDA is recruiting two new Fundraisers to join the team!

Capital Fundraising Officer, Trusts and Grants
Fixed term two year contract
Salary £25,000 + benefits
Based in Warwick 

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA UK) is a dynamic national voluntary organisation delivering opportunities for therapy, achievement and enjoyment to more than 28,000 people with disabilities. Demand for RDA activities is high and in order to meet this demand the current fundraising team is expanding and a new capital fundraising campaign is being launched. This post is a great opportunity to help us provide more opportunities for disabled adults and children to take part in activities and receive life changing therapy through horses. The ideal candidate will have recent experience of leading a successful Capital Fundraising campaign and a proven track record in securing substantial grants from Trusts and Foundations.

This is an exciting role for the right person – a creative, energetic team player. 

The post is a fixed term two year and is full time.

For more information download the Capital Fundraising Officer Job Description
To apply please email a CV and covering letter, explaining why you think you would be suitable, to satkinson@rda.org.uk Tel 01926 405 975. 
Closing date: 24 June 2016

Fundraising Officer, Major Individual Donors
Fixed term two year contract
Salary £25,000 + benefits
Based in Warwick 

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA UK) is a dynamic national voluntary organisation delivering opportunities for therapy, achievement and enjoyment to more than 28,000 people with disabilities.Demand for RDA activities is high and in order to meet this demand the current fundraising team is expanding. This post is a great opportunity to help us provide more opportunities for disabled adults and children to take part in activities and receive life changing therapy through horses. The ideal candidate will have recent experience of securing gifts from high net worth individuals and a proven track record of successful fundraising.

This is an exciting role for the right person – an energetic people person.

The post is a fixed term two year and is full time. 

For more information download the Major Individual Donor Fundraising Officer Job Description  Tel 01926 405 975
To apply please email your CV and covering letter, explaining why you would be suitable for the role, to satkinson@rda.org.uk
Closing date: 24 June 2016

Page Last Updated: June 8, 2016

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Accessibility Mark Reaches Landmark

The Accessibility Mark project, a national scheme providing more riding opportunities for disabled people has now reached a milestone with 30 centres up and down the country approved.

Through the Accessibility Mark scheme riding centres can form an association with the RDA, without the requirement to set up a charity, opening opportunities to centres that were unable to set up a charity. Accessibility Mark allows centres to affiliate to the RDA and benefit from their wealth of knowledge with very little change to their current set up.

RDA Chief Executive Ed Bracher said: “It is very exciting to have reached this point in the development of the Accessibility Mark.  The project is allowing more disabled people to get active and experience the benefits of riding.  It is really important that the equestrian industry makes sure that we are accessible to as many people as possible and RDA is proud to be helping this become a reality”.

Most riding centres already teach some riders with disabilities but value the training, support and guidance that Accessibility Mark offers, giving clients reassurance that the centre has been assessed to the high standards set out by the RDA, and ensuring the staff have confidence in their ability to provide a first class service that can be enjoyable to riders of all levels.

The 30 accredited centres are opening up a new avenue for disabled people to access sport and activities in their local area, in support of their local RDA centres who are often massively oversubscribed with an extensive waiting list.

Riding can have a hugely beneficial effect on a range of disabilities, as well as a therapeutic response for those with autism and mental health concerns, and for this reason demand is high.

Accessibility Mark status is awarded to a riding centre that has been approved by RDA following training and assessment. The close link with the RDA means that they offer continuous support to the establishment to ensure they provide you with a first class service and an experience that aims to be hugely beneficial. There are currently 30 Accessibility Mark approved centres across the country.

For a full list of Accessibility Mark centres please visit www.rda.org.uk/taking-part/accessibility-mark

Page Last Updated: May 26, 2016

Happy Hooves Making Happy Lives with Accessibility Mark

A Cumbria riding centre has become the latest equestrian establishment to take up a national initiative aimed at providing more opportunities for disabled riders to get involved in sport and activities.

Based just outside Penrith on the banks of the river Eamont, Happy Hooves Riding Centre decided to apply for Accessibility Mark accreditation after owner Alison Noble heard about the scheme through her work as an examining assessor for the British Horse Society.

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), in partnership with Hoof, the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) participation programme launched the Accessibility Mark scheme to encourage those who do not already partake in equestrian activities or would not usually have the opportunity to do so, to experience the many benefits that riding can bring.

Happy Hooves offers a wide range of services from the normal individual and group riding lessons to exam training and Own a Pony days using their first class facilities and professional staff, so the Accessibility Mark accreditation is a positive step to provide more riding opportunities for all.

The centre also boasts the use of ‘Mr Williams’, the mechanical horse, and Happy Hooves were one of the first centres to have access to the specialist RDA programme installed on Mr Williams.

Having the use of a mechanical horse is hugely beneficial especially to nervous riders, as they can experience the feel of a horse without the fear of any sudden movement as can occur with a live animal, regardless of how well-behaved they are.

Mr Williams also allows the instructor to correct a rider’s position in a safe environment and benefits those who tire easily, a common problem with some disabilities.

Happy Hooves owner Alison Noble said: “The Accessibility Mark accreditation acknowledges the good standards of practice we aim to achieve and allows us to give something back to the community by opening up more avenues for disabled riders to enjoy the benefits that riding and spending time with horses can bring to people’s lives.

“We aim to specialise in providing opportunities for people with autism and learning difficulties as well as disadvantaged youngsters and those that have been excluded from school, by using horses to  help with social skills, and developing teamwork, which is something people with autism can sometimes struggle with,” added Alison

Accessibility Mark status is awarded to a riding centre that has been approved by RDA following training and assessment. The close link with the RDA means that they offer continuous support to the establishment to ensure they provide you with a first class service and an experience that aims to be hugely beneficial. There are currently 27 Accessibility Mark approved centres across the country.

Find out more about Accessibility Mark and a list of the accredited centres by clicking this link: www.rda.org.uk/taking-part/accessibility-mark

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Page Last Updated: April 12, 2016

Accessibility Mark Conference Offers Food for Thought for Accredited Centres

 

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The first Accessibility Mark conference took place at Rein and Shine Riding Centre in Wiltshire, on Tuesday 8th March, with representatives from all accredited centres invited to attend.

The Accessibility Mark scheme was launched by Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), in partnership with Hoof, the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) participation programme to encourage those who do not already partake in equestrian activities or would not usually have the opportunity to do so, to experience the many benefits that riding can bring.

The day’s events were designed to offer the chance to share experiences as well as provide the opportunity for continued professional development through a series of talks and practical demonstrations.

Leading the demonstrations was Sally-Anne O’Neill who is one of a team of Accessibility Support Officers, and she has been instrumental in the introduction of Showjumping to RDA and regularly delivers training and events.

Heading to the outdoor arena, the first demonstration focused on warm-up exercises for riders, mounting and dismounting, which is one of the most common problems faced by riding schools providing lessons for disabled riders.

During the second demonstration Sally-Anne got to share her thoughts on her specialist subject, with an insightful demonstration on polework and an introduction to showjumping, this was particularly useful in providing new ideas that centres can bring to their own Accessibility Mark sessions.

Rein and Shine kindly provided the use of two of their ponies during both the demonstrations.

Two guest speakers, Jennie Espiner and Dom Chambers gave informative talks on understanding and supporting students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and the RDA Tracker.

Jennie has worked in education for more than40 years and has been lucky enough to work in a broad range of contexts and settings: colleges, schools, prisons, ex-offender and probation hostels.

As an Action for Inclusion Facilitator for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight she has worked extensively at local, regional and national level to develop provision for learners with additional support needs and particularly those with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

Dom works as a Tracker Manager at RDA National. The RDA Tracker is a simple to use holistic tool, to track and provide evidence of the changes and outcomes that are delivered through riding. The Tracker shows at a glance where and how much change has taken place during the period of riding. Insights from the Tracker can help identify future targets and goals, enabling centres to tailor lessons and activities accordingly. Tracker information can then be shared with family, carers and schools not only providing the opportunity for a rider to share their achievements, but also for others to build on any changes outside of riding.

The conference was also attended by Bronte Wadge-Dale from The Pony Club who was on hand to talk to the centres about Young Equestrians in partnership with HOOF and also Catherine Holland and Jodie Bratchell, BEF Regional Participation Co-ordinators who were available to discuss HOOF product and participation.

The feedback from the centres that attended was that the conference was hugely beneficial, for networking with other centres, learning the latest techniques on how to deal with the challenges faced by disabled riders, ideas for different type of lessons and how they are structured to finding out how other centres run their Accessibility Mark sessions.

There are currently 26 Accessibility Mark approved centres across the country. Further details can be found here.

Page Last Updated: March 22, 2016