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Harrogate charity on the lookout for more volunteers

Harrogate charity on the lookout for more volunteers

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 11:36am 14th August 2019. (Updated at 4:42pm 15th August 2019)

A Harrogate charity is looking for volunteers to assist with horse riding sessions for disabled people.

  • Disability Action Yorkshire takes a small number of disabled people to Little Pasture Trekking Centre in Knaresborough.
  • Twice weekly 30-minute lessons take place.
  • People learn how to ride and care for the horses.

The Disability Action Yorkshire take part practical sessions at the stables as well – where the charity’s clients groom and feed them – you can also study for basic qualifications in animal care at Disability Action Yorkshire’s Hornbeam Park training centre.

There have been a number of studies showing the benefits of working with horses, and the calming effect it can have. Physical benefits of horse riding include muscle strength, better posture and improved co-ordination.

Denise Baynton, Disability Action Yorkshire’s training operations manager, said:

“We have been partnering with Little Pasture for more than a year now, and the riding lessons are proving very popular with our customers”.

“Twice a week we take a group of three or four disabled people to the stables and we are now looking to increase the number of volunteers helping out”.

“Volunteering can be an extremely rewarding experience, and without our wonderful volunteers we would not be able to carry out all the activities we do.”

Volunteers don’t need riding experience, but should be comfortable and confident around horses.

Those interested in become a volunteer are asked to call Disability Action Yorkshire volunteer co-ordinator Emmi Wainwright on 01423 855410, or email her at emmi.wainwright@da-y.org.uk for further information.