Riding for the Disabled group appeals for volunteers

Richmond & Catterick Group Riding for the Disabled has issued an appeal for more volunteers to come forward.

The appeal comes on the 40th anniversary of Volunteers Week.

The riding group is entirely run by volunteers.

Sessions are held at Catterick Garrison Saddle Club on Wednesday mornings, with two lessons from 9.30am, and Saturday for one hour at 1.30pm.

Melanie Lawson, the lead Wednesday coach, said: “There is always something to do and absolutely no previous knowledge of horses is needed as we give full training.

“And important, you don’t have to come each week as we are very flexible and understand that our volunteers often have other commitments.

“The most important thing about volunteering is that you enjoy it; something all our existing team of volunteers do. It should be a rewarding experience for you, as well as for the people you help.”

The group said volunteering offered many benefits such as gaining new skills; making new friends; helping wellbeing and mental/physical health, and giving something back.

It added that current volunteers came from all walks of life.

The group is particularly looking for more volunteers for one or more sessions on a Wednesday to provide lessons for the disabled adults and children.

Melanie added: “We welcome volunteers whether young, working age and retired.

“Our volunteers live in various areas with easy access to Catterick, North Yorkshire, including Barnard Castle, Darlington, Richmond, Northallerton, Leyburn, Bedale, Catterick and more.

“At Richmond & Catterick Group RDA, without volunteers we couldn’t provide our lessons for disabled adults and children on Wednesday mornings and Saturday afternoons.

“We welcome potential volunteers to visit us first to see if this opportunity is for them.”

For more information, call 07774 274026 or message the group via Facebook at www.facebook.com/Richmond-Catterick-Riding-for-the-Disabled

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