Riding for the Disabled Hills Group put out call for volunteers


Sheila Seal, Jack Huckerby riding Brian with Renae Tucci.
Sheila Seal, Jack Huckerby riding Brian with Renae Tucci.

HORSE-loving teenagers can lend a hand and gain valuable work experience by helping riders with disabilities at a unique facility.

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) Hills Group is calling for more volunteers to assist in providing weekly recreational and therapeutic sessions for riders with special needs.

The opportunity is open to helpers of all ages, from 13 years upwards, to help make a difference in someone’s life.

“We have a big waiting list for riding places,” said RDA coach Willie Warnock.

“We are hoping to add a few more places to our after-school sessions if we can get more volunteers.”

The Sawyers Valley group is looking for more help after school at the Monday and Wednesday sessions.

Ms Warnock said volunteers help develop ability and enrich the lives of individuals with disabilities.

RDA Hills Group was last year’s winner of the Shire of Mundaring’s Celebration of Ability Award.

Additional volunteers are required most days to help muck out stables and care for horses at the facility.

Ms Warnock said the group provided training and volunteers did not need to know anything about the centre’s four-legged volunteers.

She said there were many ways to help from coaching riders to side walking, to fundraising and horse caring.

More than 40 people help run the centre to provide the riding programs.

For more details, call Willie Warnock on 9295 1346.