Volunteering

COVID 19 update March 2022

We are looking for more volunteers as we continue to open up the centre. We need volunteers to support the schools as they return on a  Tuesday morning, Wednesday  and Thursday mornings. 

Please contact Gina Bailey our centre administrator for an application form and arrange a visit. email: gina.bailey@southbucksrda.org

 

General Volunteering with South Bucks RDA

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 and 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.IMG_0476
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.

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.

You may wish to fundraise to help keep this organisation going. We get no public funding.

 

When do we need volunteers?

 

 

Class sessions  are on:GD7A1654

Tuesday 09.00 to 12.30

Wednesday 12.00 – 3.30
Thursday 09.00- 12.30
Saturday 09.00 – 1.30 (this is split 09.00-12 and 11.45 – 1.30)
Sunday 10.00 – 2.30

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 often outside the general group 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.

We also are holding ‘Tea with a pony” sessions – these are less energetic as our visitors are older, for these sessions volunteers are needed to help chat to our older visitors, present ponies and distribute tea and cake.  If you are interested in supporting some of these sessions please contact gina.bailey@southbucksrda.org 

You may be wanting to volunteer to complete your Duke of Edinburgh award, International Baccalaureate, Pony Club badge, work experience etc we would love to see you.

How do I volunteer?

The process:

Enquire

  • Contact South Bucks RDA Office to obtain an application form
  • 01753 662706
  • Email: enquiries@southbucksrda.org
  • request a volunteers application form.
  • Come and observe a session you may wish to volunteer at.

Apply

  • Complete the application form and return it to the office.
  • Alert your referees (2) that they need to promptly return references
  • Complete a DBS on line
  • Bring in identification documents for checking.

Training

  • Attend ‘Green Card Introductory training session’
  • Attend annual volunteer update training
  • Attend National RDA training when offered.

Volunteering

  • sign up for which classes you are available for
  • Become part of a team
  • Notify the centre if you are unable to attend a session.
  • Be prepared to do other jobs such as grooming, poo picking etc

 

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