Road to Restart

Contacts

If your group has already been signed-off to restart activity by RDA National Office, there is no need to reapply after local or national lockdowns to continue with the approved activities.  However, as and when you plan to reopen, please email groupsupport@rda.org.uk to let us know, so that we can ensure that we are aware, and that you can be given the support you need.

If you are looking for recorded webinars and other ‘how to’ videos visit the MyRDA YouTube Channel :  

PLEASE NOTE: WITH CURRENT EASING OF RESTRICTIONS, WE ARE REGULARLY REVIEWING ALL OF OUR GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS AND FORMS TO ENSURE THEY REMAIN RELEVANT.  

Any resources with changes are clearly dated and any key changes affecting actions in a group have been written in blue.  Groups do not need to make any retrospective changes to anything already completed.

All resources on this and the other Road to Restart pages have been developed by a working party of RDA staff, group/regional volunteers and trustees, who will continue to meet and agree amendments and additions to resources, as government guidance inevitably changes. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do talk them through with your Regional Chair, Regional Coach or email the RDA National Office team: groupsupport@rda.org.uk


5 Steps to Restarting

 

1. What are the rules in my area? 

For specific information on guidance and policies relating to your area of the UK and the Channel Islands, please refer to the dedicated sub-pages below.

Please note that whilst we are working hard to keep this information as up to date and as current as possible, we strongly advise all groups to remain vigilant to any information or policies being implemented locally (e.g. new social distancing rules, local lockdowns, guidance on gatherings etc.) which may supersede the general RDA guidance.

We have also recently updated the guidance about side walking from late May 2021. Please see the specific guidance for all countries here

2. Planning and preparation: Getting Started guidance notes

Please start by reading the guidance notes and the accompanying glossary of terms below. These will help with your step-by-step decision making, and to identify when the time is right for your group to reopen.

 

3. Are we ready to restart

There are many things for trustees to consider before feeling confident that your group can start again. Here are the questions that will need to be answered to know when the time is right to open, and that all of the necessary preparations and safeguards have been put in place:

We have provided information on myrda.org.uk to ensure you can operate your group within the current COVID-19 restrictions and safely for all concerned, but it should be recognised what we expect are the basic standards which you must adhere to. Ultimately it up to you as a Group and Trustees to decide what works for your Group, based on your facilities, equines, volunteers, coaches etc. as well as your participants. We therefore recognise that you may have to have some difficult conversations with people where you are unable to welcome them back to full sessions just yet. We are therefore suggesting you can use the following statement when corresponding with people prior to having a conversation:

RDA Groups are being encouraged to have a phased approach to welcoming both participants and volunteers back to make sure operating under COVID-19 restrictions can be tested and trialled slowly. We have had to consider an approach that works for our Group, the way we can run our sessions with current restrictions and ensuring we continue to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of all those involved: our participants, volunteers, coaches and of course our horses and ponies. It is for these reasons that what we can offer to you may be different from what you were able to do pre-COVID, it may be at different times, on different days, for a different length of time or we may be unable to welcome you back just yet. We will be in touch shortly to let you know what we are able to do and hope to have all our participants back as soon as we are able.

 

Some useful ‘top tips’:

 

4. Complete the necessary risk assessments

 

Consent Forms:

 

5. Complete the trustee checklist

To help to work your way methodically through the reopening process, we have prepared a useful ‘Getting Started’ trustee checklist. This checklist must be completed and emailed to RDA National Office groupsupport@rda.org.uk along with your completed Covid-19 Risk Assessment (template above) before your group can start any sessions – even you are just planning some preparatory training with volunteers or equines. We’ll then be able to check your plans with you, and subject to any further queries or recommendations, we’ll then hopefully be able to approve your initial return.


Which RDA Groups have been signed off to restart activity in my area? 

The list below (updated periodically) features groups in all RDA regions which have been signed off to restart some activity, : 

Additional information pages

Please also see the dedicated pages for useful advice and guidance:

Please note that whilst we are working hard to keep this information as up to date and as current as possible, we strongly advise all groups to remain vigilant to any information or policies being implemented locally (e.g. new social distancing rules, local lockdowns, guidance on gatherings etc.) which may supersede the general RDA guidance.

It is every group’s responsibility to keep up with changes to any restrictions that affect their group and ensure they are adhering to them.  This may mean a change to your protocols and risk assessment at short notice.  Please consider this when developing your plans and inviting participants and volunteers to sessions. 

If you have any queries at all about how the guidance may affect your group, please contact the Group Support team on 01926 492915 or email groupsupport@rda.org.uk


 

Page Last Updated: May 14, 2021