Riding for the Disabled (RDA), enriches the lives of disabled adults and children through horses. Throughout the UK there are roughly 500 RDA Centres offering RDA activities.
The RDA North West Region, through its team of Regional and County Representatives, supports around 23 RDA Groups within Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and Greater Manchester. These individual Groups have a total of over 1,250 volunteers who enable over 1,300 people to ride or carriage drive each year. These groups are mostly run by trained volunteers, 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.
The Region's Representatives, who are RDA UK volunteers, regularly visit Groups and provide a vital link between local Groups and the RDA UK Charity National Office. Advice and support is provided including the provision of training for coaches and volunteers; publicity through the annual publication of the RDA NW News; Equine and Physiotherapy support; Fund raising and promotional events as well as Local, Regional and National Competitions and Awards. Assistance is also given on the set up of entirely new RDA Groups to help with the high demand in the Region.
Each year the Region organises and supports the Regional Show, which includes qualifiers for the National RDA Championships; the Regional Conference; Regional Dressage Training and the Region’s Riding Holiday which all are very much enjoyed by participants and volunteers of different Groups throughout the North West Region.
The RDA North West Region operates under the umbrella of RDA UK (Charity Number 244108), however, as a Region we fundraise independently for the funds needed to undertake the work we do.
WELCOME TO THE RDA NORTH WEST REGION
We thank the following for their support this year:
Hardshaw Freemasons Lodge No 8722
(St Helens and Prescot Group)