WF2017 Charity: Riding for the Disabled
The Riding for the Disabled Association’s charitable objectives and aims are to provide, through activities with ponies and horses, therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities.
Digswell Place RDA has purpose-built, voluntarily run riding facilities on the edge of Welwyn Garden City, where local people with a variety of disabilities and ages participate in a sports activity which has extensive therapeutic benefits. Additionally, the riders gain the physiological advantages of exercise in the open air, increased self-confidence from overcoming fear, independence from taking responsibility for the horse’s action and the opportunity to meet and socialise with the voluntary helpers and have fun. Through these activities, we hope to improve our riders’ general health and aid their social inclusion. Riding sessions take place both in the arena as well as in the adjacent woods.
Currently 98 riders, of whom 64 are under 25 years of age, are enrolled to ride with the group. During the academic year, September 2015 to August 2016 the group provided 1531 therapeutic rides. Contributions from riders (a little over £14,000) covered less than a third of the cost of keeping the ponies and horses so for every ride provided the charity needs to raise another £20 to pay for the day to day expenses of keeping the ponies and horses and maintaining the pasture, fences etc.
As the charity does not receive any external funding our Trustees and Management committee work hard to raise the difference between riders’ contributions and the costs, which are in the region of £30,000 every year, from fundraising and donations.
Our riders develop core body strength, balance, self-confidence and their smiles make even the wettest and dreariest of walks with them worthwhile. We often need 3 volunteers for every rider.
Currently, our rider numbers are at capacity until we also get more volunteers who can spare an hour or two a week during term time to walk alongside a rider. Can you help? If interested please look on our website: www.digswellplacerda.org.uk
Charitable Incorporated Organisation ‘CIO’ Registered Charity1163233 (merged with Charity 1074341) known as Digswell Place RDA
Digswell Place Stables, Rectory Road, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL8 7SU
Tel 01707 332159 | www.digswellplacerda.org.uk | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org