Volunteer with us

John's Story

This short animated film is based on a story written by Ernest Cox, one of our volunteers. His story won a competition, and the prize was the creation of this film to promote his favourite charity - Riding for the Disabled.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at volunteering@gaddesdenplacerda.org.uk and you will need to fill in this application form.

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Do I need experience?

If you can "point to the ponies ears", then you know enough about horses to be an RDA volunteer! We will teach you the rest. Our dedicated volunteers enable Gaddesden Place RDA to continue to offer riding lessons to over 100 disabled children and adults per week. They are an indispensable part in our riding sessions. Often the volunteers have as much fun as our riders when we are doing our games and activities.

Who can volunteer?

Volunteers must be over 14 years old and our volunteers range from 14 to 80, mostly somewhere in between. Many join us with no previous experience with either horses or assisting the disabled, but quickly find themselves helping alongside our more seasoned helpers. We will give you all the training you need to work with the ponies and riders. All that is required is a few hours a week and a willingness to learn.

Many of our volunteers are women, and we are keen to encourage men to join our group as well. Some of our riders respond well to having male helpers, especially when they want to talk about football or video games. We need volunteers to help out with everything; from grooming & leading ponies, side walking with riders, to fundraising and administration, or just making much needed cups of tea.

What hours can I help out?

We also have Saturday sessions for those unable to help during the week, or students involved the the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.

So, if you are looking for a rewarding, fun and social way to spend a few hours, please contact us on volunteering@gaddesdenplacerda.org.uk or fill in this application form.

We look forward to hearing from you.