Vacancy – Hampshire County Chair

The County Chair is a voluntary position providing support and management of local groups in the Hampshire County.

This is an excellent opportunity to work closely with the Regional team, engage your leadership skills and get involved with RDA beyond your local group. We are looking for a professional with managerial experience who is reliable, warm and empathetic with the ability to motivate others.

The County Chair;

  • Provides opportunities to influence the wider RDA community
  • Consults with the county and region members ensuring collaborative involvement for decisions and actions.
  • Liaises with National Office, Regional Staff and Groups.
  • Encourages the recruitment, induction and training of new volunteers.

 

Why take on a RDA UK position?

  • Make a big difference in helping the RDA community
  • Embrace the opportunity to gain new or develop existing skills and learn more about RDA and our incredible participants and volunteers.
  • Boost your CV

For more information contact:

Frances Lochrane, South Regional Chair

flochrane@btinternet.com

07798 941229

Page Last Updated: September 24, 2021

Vacancy-Centre Manager, South Bucks RDA

The Board of Trustees of South Bucks Riding for Disabled Association is searching for a Centre Manager who has a passion for working with and developing people in a friendly yard based in South Buckinghamshire. At SBRDA we enable people with physical, sensory and learning difficulties, of all ages and levels of ability to enjoy riding and horse-oriented activities for Therapy, Recreation and Sport.

More details and application process here: www.yardandgroom.com/Job/UK/Buckinghamshire/Centre-Manager-South-Bucks-Rda

Page Last Updated: September 28, 2021

Regional Coordinator – Yorkshire & Cleveland

£ 25,000 + benefits (pro rata)

5 days Full time (34 hours p/w)

Fixed term contract until 30 April 2023 under current funding commitments with an  expectation a similar role will continue, subject to the outcome of the pilot and funding.

 

Location: Home based/Remote worker in the Yorkshire and Cleveland area with frequent travelling throughout the region. Attendance at RDA National Office in Warwickshire will also be required from time to time as necessary.

 

Closing date:  9am 11th October 2021

 

At Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), our horses benefit the lives of over 25,000 disabled children and adults. With fun activities like riding and carriage driving, we provide therapy, fitness, skills development and opportunities for achievement – all supported by 18,000 amazing volunteers and trained coaches at nearly 500 RDA groups and commercial riding centres all over the UK.

This is an exciting time for us as we launch our ambitious 9-year strategy for growth and development. To ensure we meet our goals, we are looking for an enthusiastic team player to support our Group Development Manager to achieve our growth goals.  This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who shares our values and is looking to further their career in project management and/or sport development.

Role Purpose:

To pilot an approach over an 18-month period to stimulate growth in numbers of participants in RDA activities in the Yorkshire and Cleveland Region.  This role may expand into a wider geographical area depending on the early outcomes of the project.

Working for RDA

 

The dedicated and committed staff team at RDA National Office supports the work of around 460 individual RDA groups and a further 50 commercial riding centres throughout the UK. We offer a collaborative and supportive working environment, with a competitive benefits package including 25 days holiday + bank holidays and pension scheme. We offer up to 5 volunteering days a year, personal discount on riding lessons and use of the facilities at our National Training Centre.

RDA is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all staff, volunteers and participants. We aim to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere for everyone and we want to challenge all forms discrimination. We will ensure that we do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of their protected characteristics, i.e. age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic and national origin), religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, or on any other basis. We aim to design and deliver our activities and services in a way which will encourage and support participation from everyone.

We believe that greater diversity within our organisation provides a more diverse perspective. This leads to a broader range of opinions being heard in decision-making and creates a positive and open environment for achieving our objectives.

Hybrid working

Our office is based at the RDA National Training Centre just outside Warwick, and we’d love to see you there at least one day a week to help you feel part of our friendly staff team. We are situated in a stunning 34-acre rural site, with ample parking and free electric charging points. Well-behaved dogs are welcome in the office by prior agreement to aid job satisfaction and wellbeing. For some roles, it may be possible to be a remote worker, which will be specified in any job description.

Disability Confident Scheme

RDA is a member of the Disability Confident scheme. This means we will:

  • Ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
  • Communicate and promote vacancies
  • Offer an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job
  • Anticipate and provide reasonable adjustments as required
  • Support any existing employee who acquires a disability or long term health condition, enabling them to stay in work

How to apply

Download the full role & person specification here: Regional Coordinator -YC Advert

Email your CV and a covering letter to Catherine Holland, Group Development Manager, cholland@rda.org.uk , Tel: 01962 405962 . As part of our commitment to equality and diversity, we would like all applicants to complete this completely anonymous survey so we can understand the demographics of those applying for RDA roles: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Newroleapplicationsurvey

Closing date for applications: 9am 11th  October 2021

Page Last Updated: September 23, 2021

Vacancy: Regional Fundraising Volunteer: South West

The Regional Fundraising Volunteer is a voluntary position to increase voluntary income within the South West Region.

This is an excellent opportunity to engage your fundraising skills, drive fundraising activity within the region and get involved with RDA UK.

This position will play a vital role in increasing voluntary income within the Region and in turn helping to raise awareness of RDA. We are looking for an experienced fundraiser, of managerial level, looking for the next step in their knowledge and career. You will have significant fundraising experience, bringing ideas, knowledge and enthusiasm to the role.

The Regional Fundraising Volunteer will:

  • Engage and liaise with local groups.
  • Manage volunteer Community Champions.
  • Create, support and engage with fundraising ideas and events.
  • Work with RDA UK on joint applications.

Why take on an RDA UK position?

  • Make a big difference in helping the RDA community.
  • Embrace the opportunity to gain new, or develop, existing skills and learn more about RDA and our incredible participants and volunteers.
  • Boost your CV.

Full job description can be found here: https://www.myrda.org.uk/assets/RDA-Regional-FR-Volunteer-Role-Final.pdf

If you have any question, to register your interest and to be sent an application form, please contact:

Catherine Stuart-Yapp, National Events and Community Fundraising Manager (RDA UK)

Email: cyapp@rda.org.uk or Tel: 01926 405 979

Page Last Updated: September 14, 2021

Yard Manager vacancy at Beechley Stables – Fixed term funded contract

Beechley Stables RDA in Liverpool Merseyside is looking for a Yard Manager to join the Beechley Team.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated, well organised with excellent communication skills. They will have at least a BHSQ Level 2 Coaching or equivalent and a minimum of 2 years practical experience in yard management,

They will be responsible for the care of Beechley Stables’ six ponies and horses,  (capacity for 8)  associated tack, land arena and equipment.

They will work as a member of the management team who will assist in developing, maintaining and supervising a volunteer training programme to meet the objectives of Beechley Stables RDA  – the provision of therapeutic riding and horse care activities for disabled children and adults.  The manager will also be responsible for the training and supervision of Further Education students seeking work placement hours on Equine and Animal Care courses and University veterinary students seeking EMS Placement Hours.  The Yard Manager will also deliver non-RDA riding sessions as part of business income together and assist with fundraising activities.

For further information and Job Description email  beechleyrda@hotmail.com  FAO Debbie Hartill Trustee

Page Last Updated: September 14, 2021

RDA Brand Research – have your say

Survey now live

Following the RDA UK Board’s decision to research the RDA brand, our research partners, The Frameworks, have compiled an online survey, which will remain open for the next month. The survey takes a few minutes to complete and will ask for your views on RDA, our reputation, name and logo.

You can find the survey using the link here:

https://thef.net/RDAsurvey

Why are we taking this step?

For several years, throughout the whole organisation, the strength of the RDA brand has been under discussion. The milestone of our 50th anniversary seems to have reignited the topic.

With strong feelings – and only limited anecdotal evidence – on all sides of the debate, the RDA Board has decided to carry out a research project to gather some real insight into the RDA brand for the first time.

A brand research company, The Frameworks, has been appointed to carry out this work, with a brief to explore three key questions:

1)            To what extent does our current brand hold us back from achieving our aims?

2)            To what extent does our current brand help us to achieve our aims?

3)            How significant is the RDA brand in creating a sense of belonging among the RDA community? 

The research aims to include the views of as many people with the RDA community as possible, and will involve one-to-one interviews, focus groups and and the online questionnaire.

The results of the research will be presented to the Board in June. Depending on the outcome of the research, the Board will then decide whether or not to take any further steps.

We hope that you, your participants, volunteers and supporters will want to take part in this discussion. It is important we end up with a range of views from across the whole organisation.

For more information, please see the prepared FAQs below or, if you have any further questions, please contact the office on info@rda.org.uk

FAQs

Why has the RDA Board decided to research the RDA brand?

The strength (or otherwise) of the RDA brand has been under discussion for several years within all parts of the organisation. The milestone of the 50th anniversary seems to have reignited the topic. In order to gain clarity and proper insight into this area – rather than rely on a small amount of anecdotal evidence – the board has decided to undertake this research.

What do we mean by ‘brand’?

It’s important to recognise that a ‘brand’ is more than just a logo and a name. These elements are important, of course, but so is the language we use to communicate, the values we all try to live up to and the way we behave, both with each other and with the people we serve. All of these combine to deliver a public understanding of what RDA stands for and promises, and this is what we mean by a brand.

Are you planning to change the name RDA?

The scope of the brand research is to explore three key questions:

  • To what extent does our current brand hold us back from achieving our aims?
  • To what extent does our current brand help us to achieve our aims?
  • How significant is the RDA brand in creating a sense of belonging among the RDA community?

Only when we have answers to these questions will be in a position to contemplate changes to the name or visual identity. Nothing is off the table, but we’re a long way from making any decisions about significant changes.

Who is carrying out the research?

Following a competitive pitch process, the board has contracted The Frameworks (www.theframeworks.com) to carry out the research. The Frameworks is a specialist design consultancy with a research-focused methodology and an established track record in brand strategy.

What will it cost?

This research project will cost £20,000. We have an ongoing commitment to investing in research, to make sure that we are as effective as possible and that everything we do is based on an identified need. We are currently spending less than 2% of our total turnover on research and this project represents slightly less than half of that cost.

What will happen when the results are in?

The Frameworks will present their findings to the RDA board in June. At this point, they may also present some suggestions for next steps, but this is not within the remit of this initial project.

How can I have my say?

It is vital that we include the views of as many people as possible throughout the whole organisation. There will be some one-to-one interviews and focus groups, which you may be approached to take part in. The best way to ensure your views are counted will be through completing the online survey, which is now open.

Page Last Updated: May 23, 2019

RDA official partner for NAIDEX 2018

RDA are pleased to be event partner for NAIDEX 2018  Europe’s biggest show dedicated to the care, rehabilitation and lifestyle of people with a disability or impairment.
Come and visit our stand in the Sports Arena section, have a go on our mechanical horse and learn more how you can get involved with our charity.
Register online today for your FREE TICKETS  NAIDEX 2018

Page Last Updated: September 18, 2018

Work For Us At RDA National Office

We have two exciting opportunities to join the staff team at RDA National Office, please see the job adverts below for full details.

The application deadline for both roles in Wednesday 31st May.


Coaching Qualifications Coordinator

Riding for the Disabled (RDA), Warwick

Summary of Job:
We are seeking a new member of staff to play a key role in supporting RDA coaches in delivering an excellent service to our riders.

This role is an excellent opportunity for someone who prides themselves on their administrative capabilities and organisational skills, and is keen to develop these further.

The main responsibilities of the role include:

  • Administering all RDA coaching courses and qualifications
  • Organising and making all administrative arrangements for coaching related events
  • Handling day-to-day enquiries from coaches and ensuring the coach review system is maintained.

About you:
The role is primarily office based and we are looking for someone with excellent administration skills; in an ideal world you will have coaching and/or equine knowledge.

You will need to be organised and self-motivated, being be able to manage your time effectively; providing telephone and email support to coaches and RDA groups, whilst working on a varied range of administrative tasks.

It is important that you are a confident communicator with exceptional customer service skills as you will be providing advice and guidance to our coaching workforce on a regular basis.

About Us:
RDA is a leading national charity, dedicated to enriching the lives of disabled people, through the provision of opportunities for riding, carriage driving and vaulting.

Our mission is to enrich the lives of disabled people through horses and our team at National Office work closely with our coaching workforce to ensure our groups are able to provide an excellent experience for those who take part in our activities.

This is a permanent full-time role, working 34 hours per week, although flexibility will be needed leading up to events, with extra hours covered by time off in lieu.

Salary is £20,000 per annum plus benefits.

Please ring Claire on 01926 405969 or email her on cmilican@rda.org.uk for a full job description. To apply please send a CV with covering email to cmilican@rda.org.uk.


Group Support Administrator (Maternity Cover)

Riding for the Disabled (RDA), Warwick

Summary of Job:
We are seeking a new member of staff to play a key role in supporting RDA groups in delivering an excellent service to our riders.

This role is an excellent opportunity for someone who prides themselves on their administrative capabilities and organisational skills, and is keen to develop these further.

The main responsibilities of the role include administrative support in three key areas:

  • Administering the service providing disclosure checks for volunteers
  • Providing administrative support in the delivery of an RDA national equestrian competition, held in July
  • Organising the collection of information and annual statistics from our 500 member groups and ensuring our database is kept up to date.

About you:
The role is office based and we are looking for an excellent administrator.

You will need to be organised and self-motivated, being be able to manage your time effectively; providing telephone and email support to our groups whilst working on a varied range of administrative tasks.

It is important that you are a confident communicator with exceptional customer service skills as you will be providing advice and guidance to our volunteer workforce on a regular basis.

We also value adaptability, we are looking for someone who will enjoy working on new projects and the challenges associated with a varied workload.

About Us:
RDA is a leading national charity, dedicated to enriching the lives of disabled people, through the provision of opportunities for riding, carriage driving and vaulting.

Our mission is to enrich the lives of disabled people through horses and our staff team at national office work closely with our network of national volunteers to ensure our groups are able to provide an excellent experience for those who take part in our activities.

This is a temporary role, providing maternity cover, working 34 hours per week although flexibility will be needed leading up to events, with extra hours covered by time off in lieu.

Salary is £18,000 (pro rata) per annum.

Please ring Matt on 01926405966 or email mcobble@rda.org.uk for a full job description. To apply please send a covering letter and your CV to mcobble@rda.org.uk

Page Last Updated: September 18, 2018