The core purpose of NZRDA is to provide interaction with horses to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for people experiencing disability, or who have specific challenges or needs. Their vision is to “Reach More Riders and Change More Lives”. They aim to enable and support disabled people to achieve good lives including meaningful participation in, and contribution to, important life activities and roles in their community. NZRDA is a member association made up of over 50 local RDA groups who are in local communities throughout New Zealand.
NZRDA is an Accredited Award Provider for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award, providing a rewarding and unique Volunteering Service opportunity for all levels of the Award.
We rely on the energy and commitment of our wonderful volunteers. Being an RDA volunteer is fun and extremely rewarding. Whether you’re a horsey or non-horsey person, there is a role for you at your local RDA Group.
A volunteer role at RDA can include a range of jobs and activities, depending on your skills, interests and abilities. These could include leading, sidewalking, supporting riders off the horse, horse care, helping with administration, fundraising and marketing or even helping with morning tea!
You will be taught everything you need to be safe and to contribute effectively to our Groups and Riders.
We offer a range of training opportunities to develop confidence and skills in our RDA environment including:
• Online Induction Modules
• In group training opportunities
• Webinars on specific topics
• Online forums for specific roles in groups
• Regional Training Days
• On the job training from the Group’s Coaches and experienced volunteers.
Our volunteers make a positive difference in the lives of our Riders as well as the opportunity to be part of a supportive and encouraging community.