Who can become a volunteer?
Anyone who gets fulfilment and enjoyment from spending a couple hours a week with some fantastic kids and adorable ponies.
We have volunteers from a diversity of backgrounds and ages who bring their talents and enthusiasm to contribute to our team. The most important quality that a volunteer must have is the ability to work in a team
When do sessions run?
We operate multiple rides during the week. You can find our full schedule here.
How much time do I need to commit?
We can find times and schedules that suit but we typically ask for a minimum of 1 session a week. Each session is 45-60 mins plus some prep time so approx 2 hours in total.
If you can't commit regularly consider volunteering as a fundraising volunteer to join one of our fun events.
What's the minimum age?
Anyone over 12 years old may become a volunteer (please note under 14's must be accompanied by an adult) and training is given to everyone who joins the group and as long as you can commit to one session per week, for at least 12 months we would be delighted to welcome you.
Volunteers aged 14 to 25 can receive recognition for their time and commitment by working for their Young Equestrian Leaders Award.
Whats the maximum age?
There is none. There are a range of volunteering roles available but some light exercise, being outdoors and on your feet is a requirement in most roles.
But I don't know much about horses?
Many volunteers have no horse experience at all when they join but provided you are keen to learn and have a good rapport with people, training is no problem. It’s a very rewarding and fulfilling experience and some of our volunteers have been involved for many years.
Do you support Duke of Edinburgh Awards?
We are delighted that a number of teenagers volunteer their time as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme at RDA. Students planning a career in the caring professions will find that prospective employers and admission tutors will really value the experience gained as an RDA volunteer.
I can only commit ad hoc...
At this stage, we can not accept short term volunteering placements. Due to the training costs we require weekly commitment for at least 12 months, this includes DoE.
Where can I see your Volunteer onboarding, full policies and conduct forms
These are all available to download here