Julia volunteers for the Riding for the Disabled Association

As part of Quick Move Now’s corporate social responsibility commitment, it gives each employee the opportunity to volunteer for a charity.

Recently, our property consultant Julia Gee decided to use her allocated time to volunteer for the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA).

Julia tells us about her day and why she chose the RDA as her charity:

The RDA has been carrying out life-changing activities for more than 40 years.  With a network of over 500 volunteer groups, they organise horse and pony riding activities for people with a wide range of disabilities.  These sessions offer therapy, enjoyment and a sense of achievement to those who take part.

Wickstead Farm, the centre I did my volunteering with, hosts horse riding sessions for the RDA several times a month.  The staff at the centre join the group of volunteers to provide a fantastic experience for all involved and I was very lucky to be able to join them for the day.

The groups include a range of ages and a wide spectrum of disabilities, with the aim of encouraging education, therapy and also fun!

Most of the sessions take place within the inside arena, but some groups will take a relaxed trek through the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, which is a really liberating experience for all involved.

I’ve always been a keen rider and used to own my own horse, so it was great to combine my volunteering with a personal passion.

The RDA truly is a fabulous charity.  They rely heavily on volunteers to make these sessions possible, so it’s fantastic that I was able to help for the day.  The session had its challenges – you have to be incredibly aware of what’s happening around you at all time – but it was so, so rewarding.

I had a fantastic time volunteering with the RDA, so much so that I will definitely be looking to visit again and help with more sessions in my free time.  Seeing the smiles on the pupils’ faces at the end of the session was very humbling and made the day incredibly rewarding.

 If you’re interested in finding out more about the RDA or would like to volunteer for one of their sessions, you can contact their national office on: 01926 492915 or email: info@rda.org.uk

This content was written by Quick Move Now
Published on 29th November 2016
Last updated on 7th August 2018

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