Volunteers needed for Riding for the Disabled

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The Riding for the Disabled charity is appealing for volunteers to help out at Laurelview Equestrian Centre, near Templepatrick.

Laurelview has fantastic facilities which include two indoor schools, a ready supply of suitable ponies and a club room.

It is one of four centres for 29 Riding for the Disabled groups in Northern Ireland.

The RDA says that the advantages of horse riding come in many forms ranging from building muscle tone to encouraging self-confidence and improving balance for children and adults with learning disabilities and mobility problems.

RDA sessions take place on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings and Tuesday evenings. East Antrim, Ballyclare, Antrim and Laurelview groups all have a very dedicated bunch of willing helpers. However, numbers have fallen recently and they would be delighted to welcome some new faces.

You don’t need to be “horsey” to help out. Help is also needed with IT and people who would be willing to serve on the committee or assist with administration. All training will be provided and anyone from 16 years of age can volunteer.

For further details, visit www.ridingforthedisabledni.org.uk or contact regional chairperson Julie Jordan on 028 3832 2292.