Riding for the Disabled – RDA, is a federation of Member Groups, which are dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities. Provision of opportunities for riding and/or carriage driving enables people to improve their health and wellbeing, delivering a lasting therapy that benefits mobility and co-ordination, encourages confidence and self worth whilst having fun.


In the North West Region there are 24 RDA Groups, who, with the help of volunteers enable in total over 1,100 people to ride or carriage drive each year. Constant effort aimed at fundraising is key to continue and expand access to this service.


There are roughly 500 RDA Groups and Centres offering RDA activities throughout the UK. These are mostly run by trained volunteers – about 18,000 of them in total – with a few paid staff in bigger centres. Groups vary in size, opening times and in the activities they offer – but all our Groups operate to the same high standards of training, professionalism and care. All RDA Groups are individual charities, and have their own board of Trustees, highly qualified Instructors and trained volunteers. Groups are supported by Regional Representatives who provide training, education, physiotherapist support and publicity.


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Photo of mayor giving award to young rider

We thank the following for their support this year:

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Hardshaw Freemasons Lodge No 8722

(St Helens and Prescot Group)