Volunteering with a RDA group

"It's very rewarding, great exercise and really fun!"

Volunteers needed for 2022!


Our Volunteers are an essential part of our RDA, without them we couldn’t possibly function.

We are looking for people who have a passion for volunteering with children and animals, who enjoys an opportunity to be outside and be physically active.

If you have a spare couple of hours a week join us to:

  • Spend time with horses

  • Make new friends

  • Help some amazing children

  • Enjoy being outdoors and get some exercise

Rewarding roles from just a couple of hours a week

  • Session Riding Coaches

  • Session Group Leaders

  • Riding Session Leaders & side walkers

  • Fundraising volunteers

  • Maintenance Volunteers



Our aim is to deliver the best possible experience to participants, with sessions that reflect each individual’s needs, aspirations and therapeutic goals.

Being an RDA Coach is a uniquely rewarding challenge, offering the chance to unlock potential in everyone you work with. If you think you could inspire our participants to achieve their goals, why not get in touch and start your journey as an RDA Coach.​

Full description can be found here

Read our Coaching Pathway guide here 

"It is so rewarding to see not only the joy the children get from their riding lessons but also the amazing progress they make week after week!" 


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Lead Walker / Side Walker

To assist in the smooth and safe running of the riding lesson by leading a pony, side walking with a rider or assisting the coach during the lesson.


You'll be enthusiastic and flexible volunteers, available on a regular basis as a Leader and Side Walker.


A passion for volunteering with children and animals, who enjoys an opportunity to be outside and be physically active. Experience of working with horses and ponies is not essential and training will be given.

Full description can be found here

"The riders have a great time, the ponies are amazing and it’s just a positive experience."

HBL RDA Volunteer

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Join us at one of our many fun events to help collect funds, engage with the community or sell raffle tickets.

If you can't commit on the day, we're always looking for good raffle prizes or cakes to be sold at our fundraising events.

Full description can be found here

Just how much I enjoy getting involved in different aspects of the groups activities, from organising weekly rides to supporting fundraising events."

HBL RDA Volunteer

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 seven rides each week: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons; Thursday and Sunday mornings and Wednesday evening.

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.