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Riding for the Disabled Foundation threatened by a volunteer shortage

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Based in Warwickshire, the Riding for the Disabled Foundation (RDA) provides life-changing therapies to around 28,000 disabled children and adults every year - but without more trained volunteers to help, this vital service is under threat

In response, The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has donated £75,000 to fund a volunteer recruitment and training programme taking place over the next two years. With this donation, the RDA hopes to recruit and develop a further 2,000 volunteers. Importantly though, it will also give all of the RDA volunteers (approx. 20,000) access to an appealing, flexible, training pathway suited to all abilities, enrol 2,000 current volunteers on specific skill based training programmes, and support 200 volunteer coaches undertaking the UK Coaching Certificate qualification.

For over 40 years the RDA has used horses and ponies to provide therapy, achievement, and enjoyment to people with disabilities all over the UK. They take great pride in the exceptional standard of their instructors and volunteers.

Speaking about the donation Ed Bracher, Chief Executive for Riding for the Disabled Association, said: 'We are very, very grateful for this generous grant from the Grand Charity. RDA is an organisation that relies heavily on volunteers, and this money will allow us to make sure that we continue to do all we can to support existing volunteers and attract new ones. Thank you!'

The Major Grants Scheme is just one of the initiatives driven by The Freemasons’ Grand Charity which donates around £2.5 million to national charities every year. 

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