people with horses

Last year Haworth Riding for the Disabled group received a grant from us to help fund a coordinator for their volunteers. They’ve recently been in touch to say how much having someone in that role has impacted their operation. They have seen better management and use of volunteers and an improved support structure for the disabled people that access their services. Many activities have taken place, including riding for therapy and recreation, as well as the provision of after school and holiday clubs and outings.  More than 65 disabled people took part in these activities in the year, all supported by trained volunteers and they have been able to recruit many more people to help. 10 disabled people are now also volunteering with them, undertaking a variety of tasks such as mucking out, grooming and tacking up horses and they are, with supervision by the coordinator, even able to support those less able than themselves in lessons. This does wonders for self-esteem, skills, confidence and gives a sense of pride in what they do. It was really good to hear that this has been such a success.