RDA would not be possible without the volunteers who give up their time. We are always looking for more volunteers to get involved.
Throughout the UK there are around 18,000 volunteers and 28,000 participants. It is estimated that for every person who rides or drives with RDA there are four on the waiting list. Many RDA participants also volunteer with their RDA Group, making riding and driving possible for others.
Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, make new friends and get a fantastic feeling of satisfaction that you are making a difference.
If you have skills you can share with your Group let them know, and don’t forget it’s not just about working with horses, your Group may need help with organization, publicity, accounts, events and many other areas. Like all of the volunteers who assist in your own riding or driving session you will be given full training and support in your role whatever you chose to do. Our volunteer pathway document gives a good overview of what you need to do to get started with volunteering in RDA.
As well as volunteering with your Group you may also consider volunteering for RDA UK which is responsible for supporting Groups and developing the future direction of the organization. Volunteer roles with RDA UK could be about supporting and representing the views of participants and also having an input into the long term development of RDA, ensuring that participants are at the heart of everything that we do. There are positions for participant representatives in each region and also on each National Committee.