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01 December 2021National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

I hope you all managed to enjoy the snow a bit. To all those affected by Storm Arwen, we hope you are keeping safe and warm and know that the National Office is here to support you.

 

Reminder of COVID policies

Following recent announcements in England about the wearing of face coverings in shops and on public transport we would like to remind groups of our position. We recommend the use of face coverings if coming into close contact with others, especially for a prolonged duration but the wearing of face coverings is optional in other instances in RDA sessions. This is due to the fact that our sessions are likely to be outdoors or in well-ventilated covered spaces. Face coverings are just one of the mitigation measures that should be considered within a group’s COVID-19 risk assessment which should be reviewed regularly. Other mitigation measures may include distancing when there is no need to be closer, use of lateral flow tests and encouraging volunteers and participants to consider vaccination if appropriate. Groups may want to require the use of face coverings for those that are able if they are holding a meeting indoors where distancing of 1m cannot be adhered to (e.g. some AGMs or training in smaller spaces), and ensure the area is as well ventilated as possible. 

In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, face coverings are already mandatory in indoor spaces including in sports facilities when not exercising unless there is a reasonable excuse not to do so (e.g. due to a medical condition or disability or if you are supporting individuals where a face covering would be inappropriate/ impede communication). Different countries and even local authorities class covered arenas differently and so we advise if you are unsure about the status of your covered arena you should contact your local authority. 

Further information about dealing with COVID-19 in your group is available at https://www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/road-to-restart-b/

RDA President’s Award Nominations

It has come to that time of year again when we would like you to nominate your long serving volunteers for a President’s Award. The President’s Award is our most prestigious award and is awarded for service of an exceptional nature over a period of over 30 years. Nominations close on February 7th 2022, forms to nominate can be found by the following this link https://www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/volunteer-management/rewarding-volunteers/#. All nominations need to be endorsed by your Regional Chair and sent to Faye McKenning (fmckenning@rda.org.uk or Lowlands Equestrian Centre, Old Warwick Road, Shrewley, Warwickshire, CV35 7AX)

 

Updated Green Card Volunteer Application Form

New Volunteer Resources – we have updated the Green Card, Volunteer Application Form and developed the new Getting Started booklet. Watch this video which goes through what has changed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7Wa6w0pt64

 

RDA Christmas Cards

If you’re behind on your Christmas cards, RDA still have Christmas cards available to purchase here: https://www.rdashop.org.uk/

 

30 Minute Weekly Webinars
Last week I missed out putting the link in for the ‘Everything you need to know about Reserves’ webinar, so here is the link if you’d like to watch it: https://youtu.be/dNYBZQZSS68 
Our Recruitment of Volunteers After COVID webinar is available to watch here: https://youtu.be/q0CGRbgy-CA

This Weeks Webinar: Acquiring horses through the Blue Cross (Thurs 2nd Dec 7pm

A topical subject right now. Abigail Leach from the Blue Cross will be giving us a webinar on acquiring horses through the Blue Cross.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XlXU9OdiTH6vLjGHdJ8nwQ

Next Week’s Webinar: An Introduction to the Princess Royal Coach Academy (Thurs 9th Dec 7pm)

Rebecca Heath, RDA Training and Education Senior Coordinator, will be running a webinar with the aim to give you a brief overview of the aims/vision of the Coach Academy, and an update of the routes for coaches looking to come onto the Academy. We hope to also be joined by a couple of the mentors to do a brief Q&A with.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rfYhNbg5QlCP2AyRS5D-6g

 

Safeguarding Certificates:

Safeguarding certificates are now back in stock and we aim to have sent all outstanding certificates by the end of this week. Where more than one person from a group attended training (not necessarily on the same date) the certificates have been sent to the group contact. Otherwise, unless alternative instructions were given, it will have gone directly to the attendee. If you haven’t received yours within the next few weeks, please check with your group contact in the first instance, and then Laura at national office after that lcartwright@rda.org.uk

Thank you for your patience and we apologise again for the delay in getting the certificates sent out.

 

Best wishes,

 

Brigitta Falcini

Communications Coordinator

Riding for the Disabled Association

24 November 2021National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

Someone had kindly sent me some newspaper clippings about HRH’s visit to Newbury and Mary Hare Group, but unfortunately there was no note with the clippings, and I couldn’t find a record of who sent them in my emails. If you sent them, or you know who did send them, please do let me know and I will get them sent back to you. I’ve taken photos of them now, so we have a record of them.

 

30 Minute Weekly Webinars
The ‘Everything you need to know about Reserves’ webinar is now available to watch here:

This Weeks Webinar: Recruiting Volunteers After COVID (Thurs 25th 7pm)

RDA Projects Co-ordinator: Volunteers Department, Faye McKenning, will be giving a webinar on the recruitment of volunteers post-COVID and will be joined by guest speakers Martin Wood from Barrow Farm and Claire Chandler from Hereford RDA, who will share their successes in recruiting volunteers during COVID and how they did it.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Dyz0POGgQr6MrIp0Xf8NUg

Next Week’s Webinar: Acquiring horses through the Blue Cross (Thurs 2nd Dec 7pm)

A topical subject right now. Abigail Leach from the Blue Cross will be giving us a webinar on acquiring horses through the Blue Cross.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XlXU9OdiTH6vLjGHdJ8nwQ

 

Tea with a Pony Reminder

If you group is beginning Tea with a Pony sessions, the group needs to attend an online workshop and we encourage all volunteers involved to become Dementia Friends, with a free 40-minute online session. As it is an RDA activity, we do need to have a signed copy of the extension form here at National Office – all forms and guidance can be found on the MyRDA website:

https://www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/tea-with-a-pony/#

For more information, please contact Lucy Wake lwake@rda.org.uk

 

Creative Writing Competition

Entries are now open for this year’s Creative Writing Competition! Please can you share this with your riders/drivers. 
As in previous years, there are three classes for participants to choose from:

§  An RDA Letter  
§  An RDA Short Story
§  An RDA Poem
There will be a prize for the overall winner in each class – and all entries will receive a rosette! The closing date for entries is FRIDAY 25TH FEBRUARY 2022.

You can download a copy of the application form for the competition using the link below:

https://www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/education-asdan/

If you have any questions at all, please contact Alex Walker at RDA National Office: awalker@rda.org.uk or telephone (01926) 405971

 

EDI Survey

Please can all RDA UK and coaches fill out the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusivity form that was emailed out to them. If you have not received it, please check your junk/spam folder, or contact Lucy Wake on lwake@rda.org.uk

 
Best wishes,
 
Brigitta Falcini
Communications Coordinator
Riding for the Disabled Association

17 November 2021National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

I hope you are all well and keeping warm. Anyone else starting to get that festive feeling?

 

Job Opportunity: Director of Operations.

We are sad to announce that Anna Hall will be leaving RDA and we wish her all the best of luck in her next role as Chief Executive of the Hurlingham Polo Association. As a result of this, her position is soon to be vacant. The job role is ‘to oversee and plan the delivery of all RDA core activities and services, in line with annually agreed targets to actively support the development and delivery of RDA’s new strategy to increase its capacity and support more disabled people’.

To find out more and to apply, follow this link:https://www.rda.org.uk/join-the-rda-uk-team/

Closes 3rd December 2021

 

Strategy Consultation

The RDA UK strategy consultation video is still available to watch on the RDANational YouTube page. Please find the video of the strategy consultation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JRwaASX0WY and the accompanying feedback survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RDAStrategy2022-2025

If you haven’t joined in the consultation process yet, please do take the opportunity. The feedback we have already received will make a genuine difference and we urge you to add your voice at this important time for the future of RDA. Please also share the consultation with others.

 

30 Minute Weekly Webinars
The Horses in Conflict webinar is available to watch here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fj1_oEQ-Brs&t=130s

This Weeks Webinar: Everything you need to know about Reserves (Thurs 18th 7pm)

The webinar next week will be given by Peter Dean, RDA Head of Finance, and Peter will be discussing everything you need to know (or there abouts) about reserves. This webinar is open to all, not just Group Treasurers. 

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BFEbCTQPSaCMdVsFju7npw

Next Week’s Webinar: Recruiting Volunteers After COVID (Thurs 25th 7pm)

RDA Projects Co-ordinator: Volunteers Department, Faye McKenning, will be giving a webinar on the recruitment of volunteers post-COVID.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Dyz0POGgQr6MrIp0Xf8NUg

 

Coaching Conference Month

If you haven’t signed up already, it’s not too late to catch the last two webinars for the coaching conference month. Register for the individual sessions or the whole event here: https://www.myrda.org.uk/events/virtual-coaching-conference/

We’ve got some great webinars lined up:

The role of the occupational therapist (Tues 23rd7:30pm)

Hosted by Rhona Harkness (Occupational Therapist) & Kate El Bizanti (RDA Green Coach & Occupational Therapist) Introducing you to the Occupational Therapy role in Equine Facilitated Therapy & Learning using theory & case examples. It will explore how EFOT-UK & RDA groups can work in collaboration.

Georgia Wilson (Tues 30th 7:30pm)

Georgia made her Paralympic debut at Tokyo 2020, achieving a bronze medal in the individual test grade II. Georgia started riding at RDA at Clwyd SRC, attending her first RDA nationals where she got the bug for dressage.

 

British Dressage Medal of Honour for Waveney Luke

RDA Honorary Life Vice President, Waveney Luke, has received a Medal of Honour from British Dressage in honour of all her work in para dressage. She was a successful trainer for para riders up to international level and was very influential in Britain’s para riding success as part of the selection panel for the Paralympics at London and Rio. She has been involved with Garsington RDA for a long time and was the RDA County Coach for Oxfordshire.

We would like to wish Waveney our congratulations for this prestigious and well-deserved honour.

 

Tartan Scarf and Tie Discount

Ahead of the Christmas rush, a reminder that the ideal RDA gift – our beautiful tartan scarf - is available for just £19.99 here: https://grouporders.rda.org.uk/product-category/rda-scarf/

The same tartan is also available as a tie, also £19.99. Please email Kim McCutcheon for details: EandB.Region.RDA@gmail.com

 

MIND Regional Hubs

MIND have set up 8 Regional Networks to bring together organisations from across the sport, physical activity and mental health sectors. The Regional Networks work at a local to regional level to increase the number of groups who are equipped with the skills to support and engage people in physical activity.

You are welcomed to join your local hub – more details can be found here: https://www.mind.org.uk/about-us/our-policy-work/sport-physical-activity-and-mental-health/regional-network-hubs/ 
Or contact Lucy Wake: lwake@rda.org.uk

 

Best wishes, 

Brigitta Falcini 

Communications Coordinator 

Riding for the Disabled Association 

12 November 2021National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

It was a real pleasure to meet some of you on Friday. If you haven’t seen, the day was featured on a couple of media outlets, including Hello Magazine, BBC News and the Daily Telegraph. We were also featured on BBC Midlands Today which you can watch here:https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0011gvs/midlands-today-lunchtime-news-09112021 (skip to 5:33).

 

5th November

Thank you to those who attended on Friday, it was a pleasure to have you and we hope you had a nice day. The day featured the launch of The Princess Royal Coach Academy and the marking of The Princess’ 50 years association with RDA. Read a write-up of the day and meet our first Coach Mentors here:www.myrda.org.uk/launch-of-princess-royal-coaching-academy/

Congratulations to all our award winners and many thanks to the team from Wellow for the fantastic long-reining display.

 

Strategy Consultation

Our strategy consultation video is still available to watch on the RDANational YouTube page. Please find the video of the strategy consultation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JRwaASX0WY

It would be great to hear your feedback on the strategy, and we have produced a survey to fill in, it should take around 10-15 minutes to complete. Please find the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RDAStrategy2022-2025

 

30 Minute Weekly Webinars
The mechanical horse demonstration will be available to watch on the MyRDA YouTube page later today.

This week: Horses in Conflict (Thurs 11th 7pm)

This week’s webinar is focusing on horses in conflict. We have two speakers for the webinar; Doug Smith, RDA National Equine Lead, who will be sharing his own experience of horses in conflict speaking as a retired mounted police officer, and Jamie Balls, CEO of the Armed Forces Equine Charity, who will be sharing a bit of history of horses in conflict and how horsescontribute to all the 3 components of fighting power.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lAhS-YEBQoa8ISK8ZOIAyQ

Next week: Everything you need to know about Reserves (Thurs 18th 7pm)

The webinar next week will be given by Peter Dean, RDA Head of Finance, and Peter will be discussing reserves.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BFEbCTQPSaCMdVsFju7npw

 

Coaching Conference Month

Just a reminder that it is Coaching Conference Month here at RDA. You can register for the individual sessions or the whole event here:https://www.myrda.org.uk/events/virtual-coaching-conference/

We’ve got some great webinars lined up:

How the next generation can inspire the future of RDA (Tues 16th 7:30pm)

Live discussion panel with RDA coaches; India Collins-Davies, Megan Holland, Kyle Palmer & Lizzie Bennett. Rounded up with a live Q&A session.

The role of the occupational therapist (Tues 23rd7:30pm)

Hosted by Rhona Harkness (Occupational Therapist) & Kate El Bizanti (RDA Green Coach & Occupational Therapist) Introducing you to the Occupational Therapy role in Equine Facilitated Therapy & Learning using theory & case examples. It will explore how EFOT-UK & RDA groups can work in collaboration.

Georgia Wilson (Tues 30th 7:30pm)

Georgia made her Paralympic debut at Tokyo 2020, achieving a bronze medal in the individual test grade II. Georgia started riding at RDA at Clwyd SRC, attending her first RDA nationals where she got the bug for dressage.

 

All Stars Facebook Group

Just a reminder about our new Facebook group for participants 16 and over. Please can you share the group with your participants who are Facebook users. It is a great platform for them to share their own experiences of RDA and get their opinions on things happening in RDA.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/4432304536889065

 

Exciting Upcoming Free Fundraising Events

The Get Grants Team provide practical support, advice and information on grants and have provided the following information for free events you may be interested in (just click on the link to register):

Easyfundraising Webinar: Thursday 11th November 10am – 11am. Learn more about to make the most of online shopping this Christmas, and turn your supporters online shopping into free donations for your organisation!

Register here: https://www.getgrants.org.uk/easyfundraising-events/

Virtual Fundraisers Networking: Tuesday 23rdNovember 1pm – 2pm. Connect with other fundraisers at this social session, full of sector updates and helpful insights.
Register here:

https://www.getgrants.org.uk/fundraisers-networking/

 

Virtus Virtual Global Dressage Championships

A massive congratulations go to our RDA participants representing GB in the Virtus Virtual Dressage Championships. For full results please click here Results of the 2021 Para Equestrian Video Competition published! – VIRTUS

 

Best wishes, 

Brigitta Falcini 

Communications Coordinator 

Riding for the Disabled Association 

 

12 November 2021Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Survey

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Survey

Please find information below relating to the latest Equality, Diversity and Inclusion survey and why we are asking you to fill it out.    

RDA has a commitment to equality diversity and inclusion, and therefore we undertake annual staff and board equality monitoring.  This enables us to understand the demographics of our people and how changes occur over time.  It is also a fundamental part of meeting the Equality Standard for Sport, which is a requirement from the Sport England funding we receive from British Equestrian. 

Please take a read of the helpful leaflet called ‘What’s it got to do with you?’ (below) which explains why organisations need to collect this type of information.   

During the pandemic RDA did not survey staff and board, so our recorded data is from 2019. We now feel is the right time to update this data, but we would wish to also include all RDAUK contacts and coaches, for the very first time.   

By you filling out this survey, it will also help us to understand who is in our sport, the communities we serve and how we can do better to engage more people from various demographics.   The only information we will ask from you is your RDA role so we can analyse the data.   

It is possible that some people may feel some of the questions within this survey are quite personal but please be reassured that all surveys responses are completely anonymous, and we cannot identify any individual who completes this questionnaire.  All questions also have an option ‘prefer not to say’ which enables you to select that box if for any reason you are not comfortable in sharing that information, but we do encourage you to complete as much of the survey as you can.  Any information collected will only be presented in a collated form e.g. X% of our Regional Coaches are female and no reference will be made to an individual. 

Please fill out the survey by Friday 10th December

Click here to access the survey.

 


04 November 2021National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

I look forward to meeting those of you who are joining us on Friday. Fingers crossed for dry weather!

 

Strategy consultation: have your say

Today, we are launching a consultation into the RDA strategy 2022-2025. A presentation of our plans is available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/5JRwaASX0WY , which includes a link to the feedback survey in the description below the film.

The presentation is 30 minutes, and the survey will take 10-15 minutes. We appreciate this is quite a commitment, but please take this opportunity to take part and give your feedback.

The consultation closes on 1 December.

 

5th November

As you know, we are holding our AGM this Friday. If you are attending via Zoom you should have received a link. Any issues about this or other questions about the AGM, please email Amanda on aperkins@rda.org.uk.

 

30-Minute Webinars

This week’s Webinar: A Mechanical Horse Demonstration. 
This week’s webinar (Thurs 4 Nov 7pm) is a mechanical horse demonstration by National Coaching Lead Karen Thompson and Regional Coach Sarah Healing.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yyYyJ40hSYicvXkX0GyF0Q

Next week’s Webinar: Horses in Conflict 
RDA National Equine Lead Doug Smith will be our speaker for this webinar. He will be giving us a little bit of history into horses in conflict, as well as sharing his own experiences as a mounted police officer. The webinar will take place on Thurs 11 at 7pm.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lAhS-YEBQoa8ISK8ZOIAyQ

 

RDA Coaches Conference Month 2021

Throughout November, we will be running ‘Coaching Conference Month’ – and everyone is welcome! There will be a Zoom webinar open to all every Tuesday evening in November (9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th). You can sign up to all 4 webinars or each one individually – Attend all 4 to count towards CPD for coaches that require it.

More details about the programme and opportunities will be coming soon. Any questions about Coaching Conference Month, please email Jo Hayward at jhayward@rda.org.uk

RDA Christmas Cards

You should have received your Christmas card brochure alongside your handbook, however you can also purchase them here: https://www.rdashop.org.uk/

 

BEF Classification/Re-Classification

If you have participants within your group that are awaiting classification or re-classification, please can you email Emma Bayliss ebayliss@rda.org.uk stating number of people and which region you are in by the evening of Sunday 7 November. If you would like more information on classification, please take a look at the BEF website Get classified - British Equestrian

 

Best wishes, 
Brigitta Falcini 
Communications Coordinator 
Riding for the Disabled Association

27 October 2021Jim Taylor Knows Autism

On the 20th Sep we were very fortunate to have a most interesting and informative talk on Autism: Communication, engagement and making the connections, by Jim Taylor.  Many coaches and volunteers from around Scotland attended however, some were not able to attend.  

Jim agreed to the Forum being recorded and has sent through the slides for his presentation for RDA to use.  So please feel free to forward this email to your RDA Community.  A huge thank you to Katherine Carson at Tweeddale Rideability Group for organising the link to the recording, which is below:

http://training.tweeddale-rda.org.uk/#share?id=214ce1ee-5277-4568-b3af-5a2734659fe7

The PowerPoint presentation is available here and we are already in discussions with Jim regarding another Forum.  Details will be forwarded when known.

Best wishes,

Kim

 

27 October 2021National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

Thank you all for sending me your pictures of HRH Princess Anne, I am very grateful for the time and effort you all took to find and send them to me. We will be displaying them for The Princess during her visit to The National Training Centre on 5 November, as part of our social media celebration of her 50 years’ service to RDA (see below) and of course in the timeline on our website. Also, thank you for sending me your ‘thank you’ messages to the Princess. They have been lovely to read and we very much look forward to sharing them with her. My apologies for the confusion on the deadline last week.

 

HRH over 50 years: Social Media

In the run up to next week, we would like to encourage groups to share stories and posts about the Princess and her 50 years of support as our patron on their social media pages. RDA National will be dedicating a week of posts to HRH, reflecting on the last 50 years with some of the photos sent into me.

 

New private Facebook group for participants.

As part of our commitment to increase participant engagement and feedback, we have set up a private Facebook group just for participants, called ‘RDA All Stars’. Many thanks to the Regional Participant Reps who have been involved in this and who will be helping to monitor and admin the group. The group will enable those participants who are Facebook users to post comments and questions, share ideas and experiences, and provide useful feedback to RDA about our activities. Please share with your Facebook-using participants:https://www.facebook.com/groups/4432304536889065/

We know not all participants will be able to interact with this group. This is not about reaching everyone, it is just making sure that there is a platform for those participants who can and want to engage with RDA in this way. For other RDA Facebook users out there, including parents, carers and other family members, please remind them there is already a general Facebook group for anyone who is part of our community https://www.facebook.com/groups/148575718907344/

 

RDA Handbook

Have you received your handbook? RDA UK volunteers should have received one copy – or several if they are also a group contact. The delivery seems to have been a very drawn-out process and we want to check if they have now all been received. Please email me if you (or your group) have not received yours.

 

RDA 2021 Equality Survey  

RDA has a commitment to equality diversity and inclusion, and therefore we undertake annual staff and board equality monitoring. It is also a fundamental part of meeting the Equality Standard for Sport, which is a requirement from the Sport England funding we receive from British Equestrian. 

This year, we would like to include all RDAUK contacts and coaches for the very first time. It will help us to understand who is in our sport, the communities we serve and how we can do better to engage more people from various demographics. The only information we will ask from you is your RDA role so we can analyse the data. 

A more in-depth explanation will be sent out along with guidance and the link to the survey when it launches. We appreciate your cooperation with this. 

 

AGM

As you know the RDA UK AGM is next Friday(5th) and we still need Groups to vote. We would be very grateful of you could encourage those that have not done so to complete the voting forms, found at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RDAAGM5thNov21

 

Virtual National Championship Feedback

Following on from the successful Virtual National Championships, we are keen to hear your feedback. We have two surveys running, one for groups to complete and one for competitors.

Please click on the relevant link:

For competitors:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VirtualChampsRider

For groups: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VirtualChampsGroup   

For all those that complete the survey your name will be entered into a prize draw to win a T-shirt, Hoodie or sweater kindly donated by Muddy Mare. Muddy Mare Clothing is an equestrian and outdoor clothing brand. The company was originally set up by Amy Pridige to help RDA Centres with their independent fundraising through its #horsemates collection which donates a percentage of your purchase to the RDA centre of your choice.

 

30-minute Weekly Webinars

The previous two webinars are now available to watch on our MyRDA YouTube page. 
This Week’s Webinar (7pm Thursday 28 October): Use of language & are we as inclusive as we can be? 
RDA UK Trustee and Strategic Partnerships Advisor for Activity Alliance, Jess Cook, on understanding the social model of disability and our use of the correct language. This is an invaluable presentation for everyone involved with RDA and we strongly encourage people to watch. As ever, if registration is full it will be available afterwards.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BgMH8fn2Rre9oegCRqxmzQ

Next Week’s Webinar (7pm Thursday 4 November): Mechanical Horse Demonstration.

Next week’s webinar is going to be a mechanical horse demonstration, the speaker is to be confirmed soon.

Register here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yyYyJ40hSYicvXkX0GyF0Q

 

UKSA Virtus Virtual Para-Dressage Championships

You may have seen that RDA are proud to have seven riders in the UKSA for the Virtus Virtual Para-Dressage Championships. They are nervously awaiting their results, so let’s keep our fingers and toes crossed for them. 

http://www.uksportsassociation.org/uksa-para-dressage-team-hopeful-of-virtus-championship-success/

 

BEF Training for Classifiers

The BEF are running training for their classifiers on the weekend of 6 & 7 November and are looking for RDA participants to attend to show the Trainee Classifiers different classification grades. They need a mixture of neurological impairments – e.g. Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, traumatic/acquired brain injury and musculo-skeletal impairments – e.g. amputee, short limb (arm or leg), arthrogryposis, spinal cord injury, spina bifida etc. The training will take place at the BEF building in Stareton, Warwickshire and will be classroom based. Travel and lunch will be covered. Please share with your network and for more information, please contact Emma Bayliss ebayliss@rda.org.uk

 

Paralympic Superstars Program

Horse & Country TV have just launched a new one-hour documentary on its streaming service H&C+ called Paralympic Superstars with Champion, featuring Sophie Wells and Georgia Wilson. It focuses on the close relationship between the two riders and the hurdles they both faced, particularly their journey headed to Tokyo Paralympics when they both lost their first-choice horse just before the event. 

If you are a Horse and Country TV member, you can watch it here: https://app.horseandcountry.tv/video/paralympic-superstars-with-champion-hctv062120001a

 

London International Horse Show Discount

The London International Horse Show (16-20 December) moves from the Olympia Halls to ExCeL London this year and is set to be one of the most exciting editions yet. The organisers are offering a 30% discount on selected performances using the promo code LIHSRDA21. More information and ticket booking at www.londonhorseshow.com.

 

Best wishes, 

 

Brigitta Falcini 

Communications Coordinator 

Riding for the Disabled Association 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 October 2021Successful Pre-Coach Training Session

A great Pre-Coach Training Session today at the Borders Group attended by volunteers from across the Region. We now have eight new coaches ready to take their first steps on the RDA coaching pathway.

 

21 October 2021National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff, 

 

I am now in my 6th week as part of the RDA UK team and it has flown by. Thank you to everyone who has made me feel so welcome. I’m hoping to get out and about a bit more now and look forward to meeting more of you on my travels. 

 

RDA welcomes The Pony Club to Warwick

From November, we are delighted to be welcoming The Pony Club to National Office. The Pony Club is moving from Stoneleigh Park, where they have been based for many years, to the downstairs office here at Lowlands. The move brings financial benefits for both organisations and is a sensible step as we adjust to the ‘new normal’ of hybrid working and the need for less desk space. Bringing The Pony Club literally closer to RDA can only be a good thing for all of us, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming them to the office.

 

Princess Royal Celebrates 50 Years with RDA 

A final reminder from me that we still want to collect messages of thanks from RDA members across the organisation, which we will present to The Princess. Everyone can contribute so do please write a short message and accompanying image if you wish. Please send this to me by the end of the week.

 

Thank you to everyone who has sent in photos of the Princess for our timeline – which I am pleased to say is complete! It has been a joy to see all these great photos. The timeline will be on the main RDA website from 5 November.

 

 

30-minute Webinars 

This Week: Supporting Duke of Edinburgh Volunteers (7pm Thursday 21 October)

This week’s webinar topic is about supporting Duke of Edinburgh volunteers and is delivered by Jade Herriott from the Duke of Edinburgh Award. 

To attend this webinar, please register here: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0ze23ItgRA6iZ4u7gE

Next Week’s Webinar (7pm Thursday 28 October): Use of language & are we as inclusive as we can be? 
RDA UK Trustee and Strategic Partnerships Advisor for Activity Alliance, Jess Cook, on understanding the social model of disability and our use of the correct language. This is an invaluable presentation for everyone involved with RDA and we strongly encourage people to watch. As ever, if registration is full it will be available afterwards.

Register here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BgMH8fn2Rre9oegCRqxmzQ


2021 Virtual Coaching Conference

Throughout November, we will be running ‘Coaching Conference Month’ – and everyone is welcome. There will be a Zoom webinar open to all every Tuesday evening in November (9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th). Attend all 4 sessions and complete a reflection/feedback form to count towards CPD for coaches that require it.

Online booking is now open via the My RDA events page, including a separate booking if you wanted to register to receive the recorded version.

Book here: www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/events/

 

Volunteer vacancy – Company Secretary, RDA UK

The RDA UK Board of Trustees is seeking a Company Secretary; a voluntary role that will support the organisation and ensure that key areas of governance and compliance are in place and helping to drive forward our ambitions. The role is mainly home based with some travel to the RDA UK offices in Shrewley, Warwickshire for the AGM, quarterly Board meetings and EGMs when necessary. Estimate 0-3 hours a week. More information and application details here: www.rda.org.uk/join-the-rda-uk-team/   

 

Leadership Training

There is the opportunity to receive Leadership Training delivered by Team Academy at RDA National Office on the 4th November. If you would like to attend, please email Faye McKenning: fmckenning@rda.org.uk
 

Virtual National Championship Feedback

Following on from the successful Virtual National Championships, we are keen to hear your feedback. We have two surveys running, one for groups to complete and one for competitors.

Please click on the relevant link:

For competitors:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VirtualChampsRider

For groups: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VirtualChampsGroup   

For all those that complete the survey your name will be entered into a prize draw to win a T-shirt, Hoodie or sweater kindly donated by Muddy Mare. Muddy Mare Clothing is an equestrian and outdoor clothing brand. The company was originally set up by Amy Pridige to help RDA Centres with their independent fundraising through its #horsemates collection which donates a percentage of your purchase to the RDA centre of your choice.

 

Best wishes, 

Brigitta Falcini 

Communications Coordinator 

Riding for the Disabled Association 

 

14 October 2021National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

I hope everyone got to see a bit of Horse of the Year Show last weekend. There were some fantastic events from Double Harness Scurry Driving (in which one of the competitors was 85 years old!) to Speed Horse of the Year (48.12 seconds!). Our corporate partners Posh Muckerz had a stall there and were donating a percentage of their sales of their coveralls to RDA UK.

 

Princess Royal Celebrates 50 Years with RDA

A reminder that we are creating a timeline of pictures of the Princess’ 50 years service with the RDA in 50 pictures. If you have any images of the Princess Royal you would like to share, particularly ones from her early years with RDA, please send them to me by the 25 October to bfalcini@rda.org.uk. Thank you to those who have already contributed to this.

We would also like to celebrate this milestone by collecting photos and messages of thanks from RDA members across the organisation, which we will put into a slideshow for The Princess. Everyone can contribute so do please write a short message and accompanying image if you wish. Again, please send these to me (bfalcini@rda.org.uk) by the 25th.

 

AGM 

The RDA AGM will take place on the 5 Novemberat the RDA National Training Centre. This will be held as a hybrid meeting, and we are encouraging groups to vote by proxy through their Regional Chairs and join the meeting by Zoom if they wish.

If you would also like to join by Zoom, please email Amanda Perkins aperkins@rda.org.uk for the registration details.

 

30-minute webinars

This week: Guide Dogs for the Blind: 7pm Thursday 12 October

Our first webinar is Thursday at 7pm, coinciding with World Sight Loss Day. We are delighted to welcome a representative from The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association to talk about the services Guide Dogs provide for adults and children with sight loss, as well as a bit about them as an organisation and their dogs.

Register as usual at:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xoAW1F0YSxG3afap4ulXpg  

Next week: 20 October, Duke of Edinburgh Award

Jade Herriott from Duke of Edinburgh Award will talk about supporting DofE volunteers. If you have any questions you would like to submit for this webinar, please contact Faye (fmckenning@rda.org.uk) by Monday 22nd October.

For this webinar, register here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0ze23ItgRA6iZ4u7gEAIjg  

 

Duke of Edinburgh Volunteers

We are encouraging groups who have DofE volunteers to complete the following survey. Deadline 9am on Monday 8 November.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RDADofEAutumn21  

 

RDA Dressage Lead

If you wish to contact the RDA Dressage Lead, Sarah-Jane Prew please use the mobile number or email address which are on the MyRDA website and not the landline number in the Handbook:www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/dressage/

 

Dressage Anywhere RDA Championships

After a long delay due to Covid, Dressage Anywhere are bringing back their RDA Championships. Qualifiers start in November running through until March 2022. To qualify, riders need one score of 60% or above. 

There are fourteen classes to choose from including graded classes, ungraded classes, TVI/PVI and ID. Grades 1-6 Walk, Walk & Trot and Walk, Trot, Canter has been added to Dressage Anywhere along with TVI/PVI Walk Only. Entries will open for the Championships in April with judging taking place in May.

To see all the RDA classes available, please go here: www.dressageanywhere.com/Competitor/EnterCompetition/733

 

Discounted Worming and Testing from Westgate Labs

Don’t forget RDA groups can benefit from discount on targeted worming and testing from Westgate Labs. For more info see their website:www.westgatelabs.co.uk/

 

JustGiving Webinar

A reminder that on Thursday we have the a webinar from JustGiving. The webinar will be 30-45 minutes and will share information about the JustGiving options for RDA Groups. This will include information about how JustGiving works, what it can do, costs and an opportunity for some questions. The webinar is suitable for all Groups but may be of particular interest to those who are wondering what platform to use once Virgin Money Giving closes, as well as those Groups who have not yet ventured into online giving platforms. 

The webinar will take place on Thursday 14 October at 11.30am.

To register for the webinar please follow this link,https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YZXDLkMJQyafPb1sL6nSUQ  

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For those unable to attend, information will be shared following the webinar. We do hope you will be able to join us.

RDA Safeguarding Certificates:

If you have attended an RDA Safeguarding Workshop in the last month or are about to undertake one, we apologise but your certificate will take longer than usual to reach you. We are currently having issues with our suppliers and are waiting for new stock to be delivered. If you need confirmation of attendance in the meantime for coaching appraisals, please contact Laura at the National Office:  lcartwright@rda.org.uk

 

Best wishes,

Brigitta Falcini

Communications Coordinator

Riding for the Disabled Association

07 October 2021National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

Autumn appears to be on us officially, as does the rain and wind!

Great news from the Virgin Money London Marathon this past weekend – always an inspiring event, and particularly special following last year’s cancellation. We had 6 people running for us, helping to raise awareness and funds. Our congratulations and thanks to all of them – and any other Marathon runners who supported RDA groups.

 

Princess Royal Celebrates 50 Years with RDA

This year marks the 50th year of The Princes Royal’s involvement with RDA. We would like to celebrate this milestone by collecting photos and messages of thanks from RDA members across the organisation, which we will put into a slideshow for The Princess.

If you would like to contribute to the slideshow, please email me your message and an accompanying image if you have one by the 25 October.

We are also creating a timeline of photos for an online display. If you have a great image of The Princess’ involvement with RDA from the last 50 years which we can use for the timeline, please email me a copy along with any background information you think might be useful. I will need these also by the 25 October.

 

Weekly Webinars are Back!

You will be excited to hear that our weekly webinar series is back. These will be every Thursday at 7pm on a variety of topics, from recruitment of volunteers post-COVID to a demonstration from a Saddler.

Our first webinar is next week on the 14 October at 7pm. This coincides with World Sight Loss Day, and we are delighted to welcome a representative from The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association to talk about the services Guide Dogs provide for adults and children with sight loss, as well as a bit about them as an organisation and their dogs.

Register as usual at:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xoAW1F0YSxG3afap4ulXpg

PLEASE NOTE, the webinars are recorded for internal use and are posted on our MyRDA YouTube page.

 

UKSA and Virtus Virtual World Championships

We have had seven riders go through from our RDA Regional Qualifiers in the ID Dressage classes to compete on the UKSA team representing Great Britain in the Virtus Virtual World Games. The results should be announced by Virtus on 19 October. 

Thank you and congratulations to all those involved, and we will keep you updated on the riders results as they come in. For more information on UKSA and Virtus visit UK Sports Association – for People with Learning Disability VIRTUS – World Intellectual Impairment Sport

Any questions, please email Emma Bayliss at ebayliss@rda.org.uk

 

RDA Coaches Conference Month 2021

This year’s Coaching Conference will look a bit different. Throughout November, we will be running ‘Coaching Conference Month’ – and everyone is welcome! There will be a Zoom webinar open to all every Tuesday evening in November (9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th).  You can sign up to all 4 webinars or each one individually – Attend all 4 to count towards CPD for coaches that require it.

More details about the programme and opportunities will be coming soon. Any questions about Coaching Conference Month, please email Jo Hayward at jhayward@rda.org.uk

 

Dressage Anywhere

If your groups and riders are missing the excitement of virtual competing, don’t forget Dressage Anywhere run RDA classes. For more information, please see Welcome to Dressage Anywhere

 

Harbro Support for RDA

We are delighted to hear about the support from Harbro, the animal feed and farming company, for our RDA Groups in Scotland. For a whole year they will donate 25p from all horse feed bags sold in Harbro stores to RDA in Scotland. It would be great if you could share with friends and encourage the purchase of feed from Harbro this coming year.

 

Best wishes,

Brigitta Falcini

Communications Coordinator

Riding for the Disabled Association

30 September 2021National Office Update

 

 

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

I hope you managed to tune in to watch some of the RDA Virtual National Championships last weekend. I just want to say how impressed I was with it all and what a fantastic job all those involved did. 

If you didn’t catch it, you can watch it on our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/RDANational

 

Job Opening: Regional Coordinator – Yorkshire and Cleveland

We currently have a job opening for a Regional Coordinator in Yorkshire and Cleveland. The role involves stimulating growth in participant numbers in RDA activities in the Yorkshire and Cleveland region. 

The role is a fixed term contract until the 30 April 2023 and will be predominantly home-based/remote working with frequent travel in the region, and occasional attendance at RDA National Office in Warwickshire. 

Closing Date: 9am 11th October 2021.

For a full job description and how to apply, follow this link: https://www.rda.org.uk/join-the-rda-uk-team/

 

Virtual National Championships – Presented by Oliver Wight EAME LLP

Last weekend marked our first ever Virtual National Championships. I hope you managed to tune in to see it or snippets of it. The event attracted viewers from all over, even as far as Australia! It was livestreamed on our website, Facebook and YouTube - we had over 4000 views on YouTube alone.  The Virtual National Championships not only enabled more riders to get involved, but also encouraged more visitors too. We received lots of enquiries on social media about how to get involved and finding their local groups.

For the full low-down of the event, including the Commentators Choice Award and list of winners, follow this link: https://www.rda.org.uk/news_cpt/thousands-tune-in-to-virtual-rda-championships/

 

National Sporting Heritage Day

A reminder that tomorrow is National Sporting Heritage Day. We will be sharing stories from our archives of women pioneers in RDA, and we encourage you to also share either of your own RDA experience or an RDA woman who inspired you. Post your stories online on tomorrow using #NSHD2021

This is a great opportunity to introduce our Heritage Champion Volunteer Rochelle Blakeman, who from now will be developing plan to help us preserve and share our heritage. You will hear from her in our social media post today and in the future regarding our heritage project. Rochelle says the National Sporting Heritage Day is the “…perfect opportunity to introduce RDA’s plans to preserve, share and celebrate our heritage as pioneers of disability sport since 1969…. Featuring blog posts, audio and visual content, we will showcase the people, events and stories which still resonate with our mission today. Watch this space and follow our social media pages for the heritage stories to come! If you have your own RDA story from the past to share, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us!”

 

Volunteer Vacancy: Publicity Officer – West Mercia Region

The West Mercia Region are looking for a Regional Publicity Officer, if you or anyone you know would like to fill this vital role please take a look at the advert here https://www.myrda.org.uk/assets/West_Mercia_RPO.pdf. If you are interested on would like more information, please contact Faye McKenning 01926 405966 fmckenning@rda.org.uk

 

Volunteer Vacancy: Country Chair – Hampshire 

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.

Please contact Frances Lochrane, South Regional Chair, to discuss the opportunity further (flochrane@btinternet.com/07798 941229)

 

BEF Training for Classifiers

The BEF are running training for their classifiers on the weekend of 6 & 7 November and are looking for RDA participants to attend to show the Trainee Classifiers different classification grades. They need a mixture of neurological impairments – e.g. Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, traumatic/acquired brain injury and musculo-skeletal impairments – e.g. amputee, short limb (arm or leg), arthrogryposis, spinal cord injury, spina bifida etc. The training will take place at the BEF building in Stareton, Warwickshire and will be classroom based. Travel and lunch will be covered. Please share with your network and for more information, please contact Emma Baylissebayliss@rda.org.uk

 

Green Cards

Faye McKenning has asked me to remind Groups that we no longer need to receive Green Cards. These should be kept safely with a Group.

 

Hand Sanitiser

A reminder from Helen Kallow that there are still boxes of hand sanitiser, donated by Farm & Stable, available. Please contact Helen onhkallow@rda.org.uk with the email subject ‘hand sanitiser’.

 

Best Wishes,

Brigitta Falcini

Communications Coordinator

Riding for the Disabled Association

01926 405964

27 September 20212021 National Championship Success

Well, what a weekend the Region had at the Virtual National Championships scooping up 6 class wins (in Dressage, Vaulting and Arts & Crafts), a Class Championship in Dressage, as well as picking up many other rosettes.  Congratulations  to everyone who took part and a huge thank you to the many coaches, volunteers and supporters (including those who took the many films) who made their journey possible. The full results are below:

DRESSAGE 

Class 5 - PVI Walk Only

Helen, Tweeddale – 2nd, 72.89%

Class 10 - Grade 1

Margaret, Border - 1st, 63%

CLASS 11 - Grade 2

Pamela, Ravelrig - Class Champion, 1st, 70.79%

Class 16 - 1-6 (Canter)

Jane, Border – 2nd, 70.59%

Class 18 - Introduction to Dressage (Lead Walk & Trot) Junior

Nathan, Tweeddale - 4th, 63.25%

CLASS 18 - Introduction to Dressage(Lead Walk & Trot) Senior

Naimh, Tweeddale – 1st, 69.25%

CLASS 19 (1-6 Walk Only) Senior

Barbara, Berwickshire – 2nd, 67.35%

CLASS 22 Introduction to Dressage (Led Walk Only) Junior

Emily, Berwickshire, 9th, 56.90%

CLASS 22 Introduction to Dressage (Led Walk Only) Senior

Hannah, Tweeddale – 4th, 66.19%

CLASS 44 VAULTING BARREL INDIVIDUAL 

BERWICKSHIRE GROUP

Alyse  - 1st
Esme - 3rd
Charlie - 4th
Lauren - 5th

ARTS & CRAFTS
Class 45 - Individual Painting or Drawing (Junior)

Seth, Tweeddale – 4th

Class 50 - Photography Individual (Junior)

Ellie, Tweeddale – 2nd

Class 51 - Special Class - A picture for The RDA National Training Centre

Dawson, Berwickshire - 1st (Junior)

Claire, Berwickshire – 1st (Senior)

For 2022, a virtual National Championships will be held in tandem, but separate to the live competition at Hartpury, which will be a fantastic opportunity for people to get involved.

Best wishes ,

Kim 

24 September 20212021 National Championships

The 2021 National Championships will be held virtually over this weekend.  The top six riders, vaulters or pieces of art, will be streamed live over the weekend at various stages of the day.  As well as other interviews and activities.  Full details of the event are available from MyRDA under National Championships which gives details on how you can access the link and watch as the class winners are announced.  

Here is the link for ease of reference:
https://www.rda.org.uk/rda-virtual-national-championships/

And the link for the event programme which gives the class times:
https://www.myrda.org.uk/assets/RDA-Virtual-National-Championships-Event-Programme.pdf

We have had a tremendous show from across the Region with the following riders, vaulters and artists placed in the top 6 and guaranteed a rosette!  This is fantastic news and a huge well done to everyone for making this possible.

DRESSAGE 
Class 5 - PVI Walk Only
Helen, Tweeddale – top 6

Class 10 - Grade 1
Margaret, Border - top 6

CLASS 11 - Grade 2
Pamela, Ravelrig - top 6

Class 16 - 1-6 (Canter)
Jane, Border – top 6

Class 18 - Introduction to Dressage (Lead Walk & Trot) Junior
Nathan, Tweeddale  - top 6

CLASS 18 - Introduction to Dressage(Lead Walk & Trot) Senior
Naimh, Tweeddale – top 6

CLASS 19 (1-6 Walk Only) Senior
Barbara, Berwickshire – top 6

CLASS 22 Introduction to Dressage (Led Walk Only) Senior
Hannah, Tweeddale – top 6

VAULTING - BERWICKSHIRE GROUP
Sorry - don't have the individual names but all have qualified in Top 6

ARTS & CRAFTS
Class 45 - Individual Painting or Drawing
Seth, Tweeddale – Top 6 (Junior)

Class 50 - Photography Individual
Ellie, Tweeddale – top 6 (Junior)

Class 51 - Special Class - A picture for The RDA National Training Centre
Dawson, Berwickshire - Top 6 (Junior)
Claire, Berwickshire – top 6 (Senior)

Fingers crossed for some great results!

23 September 2021National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

As Caroline mentioned in her previous newsletter, I will now be writing and sending out the newsletter every week. Thank you to everyone who has wished me luck and warmly welcomed me to RDA, it has been lovely to meet you and I hope to get acquainted with the everyone else soon. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me, you can reach me either via email at bfalcini@rda.org.uk or telephone on 01926 405 964.

 

Virtual National Championships – Presented by Oliver Wight EMEA LLP

Our first ever Virtual National Championships takes place this weekend. The event will be live streamed on the main RDA website at www.rda.org.uk/rda-virtual-national-championships/ , where you will find the full event programme.  There will also be an online shopping experience - including Championships clothing from Wainwright Screenprint.

The event will also be live streamed on our Facebook page and YouTube channel (both @RDAnational).

The live stream will feature the top 6 of each class and the full results will be released later that evening. In the meantime, if you would like to know if any of your riders have come in the top 6, please email Fiona Harris at fharris@rda.org.uk (exact placings will be revealed during the live stream).

 
 
RDA Awards 2021

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s RDA Awards!

The winners are:

·        Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by Godolphin: Sharon Garner – Wenlo Group
·        Young Volunteer of the Year, supported by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery: Ava Sharp – Wenlo Group
·        RDA UK Volunteer of the Year: Dawn Whitmore- Kirby – North Midlands Regional Chair
·        Participant of the Year, sponsored by Childs Farm: Millie Smith; Equi-Power Central Scotland RDA
·        Horse/pony of the Year: Smudge – RDA Glasgow Group

Please read about the winners of the Awards here: https://www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/volunteer-management/rewarding-volunteers/rda-2021-awards/

Awards organiser Faye McKenning said; “Thank you to everyone who nominated a person – or pony – for our awards. This year it has been particularly important to highlight the extraordinary efforts of our volunteers and riders in helping groups to survive and restart after lockdown. The judges had an impossible job in singling out winners, and I hope you will join us in celebrating their deserved success.”

 

British Equine Infectious Diseases Advisory Group Handbook

British Equestrian’s Equine Infectious Disease Action Group (EIDAG) have just released a comprehensive publication aiming at mitigating the risk of equine disease transmission for general use. The document can be found here: https://online.flippingbook.com/view/224911474/2/

 

Ed’s London Marathon

Sadly, Ed has had a knee injury and is no longer able to participate in the London Marathon next weekend. Please see a short statement from Ed below:

“Thanks very much for sponsoring me to run the London Marathon.  Training had been going really well…and then incredibly frustratingly, physics has overcome determination and my knee has decided to stop working…I have torn my meniscus (not uncommon), but it means rest and no additional stress…So, I have delayed my place to next year’s Marathon.  I’m going to spend the next 3 months making sure this is a realistic option and will decide before Christmas if so.

In terms of the support, I have been blown away by the generosity of the donations received to date.  There are now two options: 1 – if you are happy to leave the donation with RDA, it will be put towards the sponsorship for next year’s marathon (or challenge) and I promise not to ask you again.  The need for support remains high, so by doing this you will be really helping. Or 2 – I completely understand if you would rather reclaim the money now and wait to see what the future holds – in which case let me know and we’ll refund.  I would hope to come back to you next year!

Once again, thank you so much for your support.  I am very disappointed to have to send this, but I hope you’ll understand.”

If you want to get in touch with Ed about sponsorship you can email him at ebracher@rda.org.uk

 

National Sporting Heritage Day – 30th September 2021

On the 30th September we will be celebrating National Sporting Heritage Day. The day will mark the launch of our heritage project to capture, record and share our story, with an initial focus on Women and disability. We will be sharing some of the stories of the women pioneers of RDA on social media – and would love you to share your stories too – either of your own RDA experience or an RDA woman who inspired you. Post your stories online on 30 September using #NSHD2021

As part of our heritage project, we would also like to produce an oral history of women and disability in RDA. If you know of someone who would be good to interview for this, please do get in touch.

 

Free Hand Sanitiser

There will be a note in tomorrow’s newsletter to Groups with details on free hand sanitiser, made possible by Farm and Stable.

 
 

Best wishes,

Brigitta Falcini

Communications Coordinator

Riding for the Disabled Association

16 September 2021National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

I am delighted to say I have a new team member! Brigitta Falcini is taking over from Beth, who left the Comms Team to become Centre Manager for the National Training Centre just before lockdown last year. Brigitta joins us full time having completed her Masters degree in Anthropology and run the comms and social media for a business in her home town of Oxford.

From next week, these emails will come from Brigitta, so she will soon be a familiar part of the staff team here. I’d like to take this opportunity to say how much I have enjoyed being in touch with you through these emails over the past 18 months - and do please keep in contact!

I am sure you will make Brigitta very welcome. If you want to get in touch she can be reached at bfalcini@rda.org.uk.

 

New RDA handbook and Christmas Card brochure

These will be winging their way to you and groups in the next week or so.

 

Fundraising Workshops

RDA UK’s Fundraising Team will be delivering the next set of online training sessions over the next few weeks. Each workshop has 15 spaces (one per group please), allocated on a first come first served basis.

An Introduction to fundraising - 30 September 6.30pm – 8.30pm

If you are new to fundraising and want to develop your understanding and knowledge of fundraising this is the workshop for you.  We will cover topics including:

Useful tools and resources to find funding opportunities.

A practical introduction covering basic principles and best practices. 

Understanding how to manage your relationships and why your relationship(s) with your donors and supporters is critical to your success.

Registering your interest with Cat Yapp by 23 September cyapp@rda.org.uk  

Introduction to Grant Making - 20 October 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Whether you are new to grant fundraising, looking to build on your fundraising experience, or you are supporting others to make grant funding applications, this programme will help you build your knowledge and skills to do so.  This workshop is aimed at attendees at various levels of experience. We will cover topics including:

How to find funding opportunities and how to decide which funds are right for you.

Investigate reasons applications are rejected, and top tips for increasing your success rates.

Understand how applications are assessed and start to look at your applications from the perspective of the funder.

Register your interest with Randip Thompson by 13 October rthompson@rda.org.uk

Introduction to Corporate Fundraising - 16 November 6:30pm – 8.30pm

A practical learning session designed to benefit people who are completely new to fundraising. The workshop provides insight into corporate fundraising and increasing your knowledge in this area. Led by highly experienced corporate fundraisers, the session will introduce a practical approach and cover a wide range of topics including:

The different fundraising methods corporates could use to support your organisation.

Gaining an understanding of what corporates expect in return for their support.

Register your interest with Clare Pryme by 9 November cpryme@rda.org.uk

 

National Office vacancy – Grant Giving & Individual Giving Officer

RDA UK is seeking a Grant Giving and Individual Giving Officer to work alongside the Director of Fundraising to secure funding from individuals and grant makers.  Role can be home, office or hybrid based. Details and application process here : Grant Giving & Individual Giving Officer | Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) | | CharityJob.co.uk

Application deadline: 7 October 2021.  

 

Opportunity to consult on new Human Equine Interaction Register

RDA is part of a group of organisations working towards a register to bring together all people involved in the field of human equine interaction to ensure high quality service provision and create a greater awareness of their work. You are invited to attend one of several briefing sessions being arranged to find out more, and to take part in a survey to add your point of view to the project. I’ve put all the information from Ed Bracher (who is Chair of the steering group) here, including the dates and registration details for the sessions (2 online, 1 in person at National Office): www.myrda.org.uk/human-equine-interaction-register-consultation/

 

Improvement to the National Office phone system

If you miss a call from the national office team it will now show that person’s direct number rather than the general switchboard – so it should be easier to see who rang and to them call back. We will also leave a voicemail (if you have that facility on your phone).

 

Best wishes,

Caroline

Caroline Ward
Head of Communication & Insight, RDA UK
01926 405968
cward@rda.org.uk

 

 

08 September 2021National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

Kicking off with a sad one today as we announce the death of Lady Rosamund Gladstone, who devoted many years to RDA, firstly as a founder of Deeside RDA, then as County and Regional Chair for North Wales and latterly as Trustee of Clwyd Special Riding Centre, where she was Chair for over 20 years.

Thanks to Ann Lambert for the write up about Lady Rosamund’s dedicated association with RDA, which you will find here: www.myrda.org.uk/in-memory-of-lady-rosamund-gladstone/

 

RDA Virtual National Championships

Thanks to all those have entered the RDA Virtual National Championships, presented by Oliver Wight EAME LLP. The judges have been kept very busy and here in the office we are just adding up scoresheets and sorting out the results. 

The Virtual event will take place on 25 & 26 September and we will be showing the top six from each class in reverse order. You can find (and share!) all the details - including timetable - in the event programme here: www.rda.org.uk/rda-virtual-national-championships/ This is also available to view on MyRDA on the National Championships page.

We will notify all groups next week if their riders have been placed in the top six. Those riders who haven’t been placed in the top six will know their result.

Scoresheets and rosettes will be sent out to the groups after the virtual event on the 25 & 26 September.

Any queries or questions please don’t hesitate to contact Fiona Harris on fharris@rda.org.uk / 01926 405967

Championships merchandise

Please see here a message from our clothing and merchandise suppliers, Wainwright Screenprint:

“Wainwright Screenprint are suppliers of the 2021 RDA Virtual Championships merchandise.  You may have seen us at The National Championships at Hartpury as we have supplied the clothing since the Championships began and we have been official suppliers of RDA Group Clothing and supported RDA for over 40 years.  The team at Wainwrights offer our customers a personal service and we will be pleased to help you.  We are offering Polo-shirts in Mens, Womens and Childrens Styles and Hoodies too.  

You can purchase your Virtual Championships Polo -Shirts and Hoodies on our website by clicking the link www.wainwrightscreenprint.co.uk/man/259 or by requesting a price list/order form or by Telephone 01258 837364. You can personalise your garment with your name, your horse's name or your group name on the sleeve for an extra £4.00.  Orders requiring personalisation should be done by email or telephone.” 

 

World Alzheimer’s Month & Tea with a Pony workshop

September is World Alzheimer’s Month and The Alzheimer’s Society is asking for support in fighting the stigma around dementia. We are using this opportunity to encourage groups to take part in Tea with a Pony, offering support and a meaningful experience for those living with dementia (and their families).  There is also a Tea with a Pony Facebook page to share photos and experiences, and to help groups find out more about what’s involved www.facebook.com/rdateawithapony. Use the hashtag #WorldAlzheimersMonth to show your support.

Workshop 23 September

We are holding a Tea with a Pony online workshop on the 23 September for groups who are looking to get started.  Groups should email Lucy Wake onlwake@rda.org.uk to book a place and we hope to accommodate everyone who would like to attend.   

 

A message from Joint Helicopter Command – Help us to protect you

Please note this message refers to specific events only – not routine RDA activity.

The Joint Helicopter Command operate multiple military helicopter types. They often fly at very low levels above the ground, at speed, as part of operationally essential training and tasking.

Equine events that have been pre-notified to the Low Fly Tactical Plans Cell are captured on a NOTAM which is a distribution system to all military airspace users.  This mandates crews to avoid the area by an appropriate margin.

At all other times our crews operate a “see and avoid” policy. This means if they spot an event that has not been captured on a NOTAM they will do their very best to avoid it, by as much as they safely can, IF and WHEN they spot it.

In order to help them to protect us, event organisers are encouraged to provide the following details at least a week in advance to SWK-MAMCLFTP@mod.gov.uk

Date of event

Timings of Event

Exact location of event – including a grid reference

This will allow a NOTAM to be raised so that our crews know where to avoid which significantly reduces the likelihood of alarming a horse with our operations.

 

Calling all Physios and medical practitioners!

British Equestrian is running a National Para Equestrian Classifier Course for qualified physiotherapists or medical practitioners that wish to become a national level para equestrian classifier on 6 -7 November at the BEF office in Warwickshire (Equestrian House, Abbey Park, Stareton CV8 2RH).

The two-day course is designed to call on delegates’ medical knowledge to apply it to the equestrian classification process, in both a practical and theory-based manner. You will be given the opportunity to put your learning into practice; working with other physiotherapists and volunteer riders, taking part in four core activities that are carried out during the classification process.

The booking deadline for this course is 30 September 2021. Please contact Felicity Towers at British Equestrian for a flyer and booking formfelicity.towers@bef.co.uk.

 

Best wishes,

Caroline

Caroline Ward
Head of Communication & Insight, RDA UK
01926 405968
cward@rda.org.uK

06 September 2021Horsescotland Update

➡️Covid 19 Guidance Update 03/09/2021

Some time has now passed since we have had our Equestrian Guidance reviewed by sportscotland, and to a large extent this shows the progression that has been made in mitigating transmission of the virus and the success of restrictions still in place.

However, it has been reiterated by Scottish Government that we all need to continue to play our own part in ensuring we do not return to greater restriction or further lockdowns - the impact of which could be economically huge, both within our equestrian community, and within wider society. 

Covid-19 will need to be managed for the foreseeable future and the importance of continuing to adhere to a number of baseline measures will significantly reduce the risk of reintroduction of greater restrictions.

As we approach autumn, we are reminded of mitigation measures that remain important:

❇️Hand hygiene: Regular washing of hands and the continued use of hand sanitiser should at all times be promoted.
❇️Face coverings: The requirement to wear face coverings in some indoor settings remains in place.
❇️Test & Protect: The Test and Protect system will remain in place to support contact tracing. Twice weekly self testing is recommended, even for those without symptoms.
❇️Local outbreak management: Scottish Government retains the option of implementing local measures and travel restrictions to manage local outbreaks.
❇️Events: The process for approving large-scale events will remain in place, with approval required from Local Authorities for events of over 5,000 people outdoors or over 2,000 people indoors.
❇️Guidance: Businesses will be offered guidance on areas such as ventilation and hygiene to reduce the risk of transmission. The public are still being advised to keep a safe distance, especially indoors, from people in other households and avoid crowded places to minimise risk.

Although many aspects of equestrian activity have resumed, we must all continue to play our part in ensuring that sporting activity leads by example and that collectively we promote and encourage the benefits of the above mitigation measures at every opportunity.

Please help us to ensure that the Scottish Equestrian Community plays its part.

Grant Turnbull
horsescotland Chair

#horsescotland #equestrianguidance #COVID19

06 September 2021National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

September already! I know. Let’s not even think about the nights drawing in.

I do hope you’ve been enjoying the Paralympics and the triumph of our Equestrian team. What a fantastic result – and to think that Lee, Natasha and Georgia all competed at our very own National Championships.

 

Anne Birkmyre memorial

The postponed Memorial service for Anne Birkmyre will now take place on Tuesday 28 September from 12.30pm at Great Witley Parish Church, Great Witley, Worcestershire.

 

Experienced Charity Manager Required – Cotswold RDA

Following the sad news that Claire Jenkins of Cotswold RDA is moving on to pastures new, the group is now looking for a General Manager. They say: “This is an exciting opportunity for someone with a passion for people, the drive to deliver our business plan, and the professional credibility to act as an ambassador in the local community.  We are looking for a leader with drive, commitment and boundless energy.”

More details here: www.cotswoldrda.org.uk/general-manager-vacancy/

 

RDA UK Volunteer Vacancy: Regional Fundraising, 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.

More details at: www.myrda.org.uk/regional-fundraising-volunteer-vacancy-south-west/ or email Catherine Stuart-Yapp cyapp@rda.org.uk

 

Flex-on Stirrups Group Giveaway

Clare Pryme, Partnership & Philanthropy Manager for RDAUK has secured a fantastic giveaway for groups from Shaw Equestrian. They have several pairs of Flex-on stirrups to giveaway due to a minor cosmetic blemish, which does not affect their performance but means they do not wish to sell them. 

How to apply

Email hkallow@rda.org.uk with the word ‘Flex’ in the subject, stating how many pairs you would like (up to four maximum), and the Group name.  Please make sure that these stirrups will be suitable for your riders (more information below). Closing date for entries is the 8 September.  After this date, if there are more requests than available stirrups, names will be drawn randomly.  These are for Group use only, and not to be sold on.

Flex-On Green Composite Stirrup – RRP £175 Flex-on Stirrups & Spurs | Shaws Equestrian

Designed from an organically sourced polyamide material, the Green Composite stirrup is designed on the same model as the Aluminium Flex-on stirrup. It can be cleaned with water and is therefore easier to maintain. Provides dramatically improved technical performance in terms of shock absorption and ergonomics.

The stirrups have an internal steel frame to reinforce the polymer part.

 

Best wishes,

Caroline

Caroline Ward
Head of Communication & Insight, RDA UK
01926 405968
cward@rda.org.uk

 

 

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