We rely on volunteers to support the very small number of staff that we have to deliver riding to disabled children and adults, as well as care for our equines and look after the estate or help out with Administration or fundraising.
What sort of things do volunteers do?
As a volunteer you can help to get the horses ready for riding; by catching them in from the field, grooming and tacking them up.
Getting Robbie ready at the National Championships Hartpury 2015
You can help in a ride; leading the ponies around helping the riders steer or walk along side the riders helping them to develop skills and independence.
leading in a lesson 2014
You can help clean the tack or muck out, you may even help keep the pastures clean by ‘poo picking’, clearing nettles and ragwort as well as other poisonous plants that appear.
You can help to mend fences, sheds or have a go at clearing the ditches and paths through the woods that the riders hack in.
volunteers filling in pothole in the car park 2014
You may wish to fundraise to help keep this organisation going. We get no public funding.
When do you need volunteers?
Currently (2018) we have class sessions on:
Tuesday 09.00 to 12.30
Wednesday 12.00 – 3.30
Thursday 09.00- 12.30
Saturday 09.00 – 2.15 (this is split 09.00-12 and 11.45 – 2.15)
Sunday 10.00 – 12.30
There are also individual lessons for riders during the week and special events take place during school holidays. These are posted on our Facebook page – South Bucks RDA
Work parties are usually outside the general school class times.
What sort of person make a good Volunteer?
You need to be over 14 years.
You need to be able to walk at a brisk pace for up to an hour. (if helping on a ride)
You need to have a good sense of humour.
You need empathy and understanding.
You need to want learn and pass on your knowledge.
You need to like children and adults.
You need to be able to follow instructions.
You will have a desire to volunteer.
How do I volunteer?