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12 January 2022National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

Happy New Year and welcome back to another year at RDA. I hope you all had a nice break over Christmas.

 

President’s Awards Nominations

We have had some lovely nominations for this year’s President’s Awards. The deadline to nominate your volunteers who have done over 30 years of service is 7th February 2022, please send nominations to your Regional Chairs/committees so they can endorse your nomination. For any help/support please contact Faye McKenning on 01926 405966 or email at fmckenning@rda.org.uk

 

Committee Changes

Please can any changes to your committees (Regional, County and Group) be sent to Faye McKenning (fmckenning@rda.org.uk) so we can organise inductions and keep our records up to date.

 

Job Vacancy: Finance Officer (Job Share)

We are looking for an experienced Finance Officer who will enjoy working within a small Finance team of 3.  The tasks are to be split between two Finance Officers (one existing and one new post) on a job share basis, reporting to the Director of Finance.  The hours are flexible and may be worked over 3, 4 or 5 days.  The role is varied and includes purchase and sales ledgers, bank reconciliations, VAT returns and payroll.

Closing Date: Midday 24th January 2022.

Full details can be found here: https://www.rda.org.uk/join-the-rda-uk-team/#1641570281481-13047963-226d

 

Job Vacancy: IT Projects Manager

We currently have a vacancy at the National Office for an IT Projects Manager. The IT Projects Manager will develop, lead and manage IT projects for RDA, working to scope and understand business/ volunteer needs, running tendering processes with third-party providers and contract managing all IT projects through to completion and ongoing relationships with suppliers. They will be the product owner of specific RDA-wide software packages to provide the interface with the supplier and to understand the capabilities and functionality of the systems.  This will include (but not be limited to) websites and database (salesforce).

Closing date: 9am 7th February 2022.

For full details see here: https://www.rda.org.uk/join-the-rda-uk-team/

 

Weekly Webinars
This week: Strategy Overview with Ed Bracher (7pm 13th January 2022)

RDA Chief Executive Ed Bracher will be reviewing the feedback from the strategy consultation and discuss the next steps in the process.  

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-5J08jbITqSKy7fWjxObyA

Next week: TBC.

 

Intellectual Disability Dressage

In response to requests to rename this section of our Dressage competition, discussions have taken place with RDA Dressage Reps and our Participant Reps, and we have decided to go with Grade 7. This follows on nicely from Grades 1-5 plus our own Grade 6 for unclassified riders. For Regional Qualifiers and Championships, ID classes will now be entitled Grade 7.

 

Polework for Showjumping Level 1 and 2 - Make the basics fun *Please note change of date*

This zoom session will include ideas for level 1 towards level 2, and what the judge is looking for in competitions.  Plus an interactive zoom session with Anona White, SJ level 4 Coach, Judge and Assessor.

 

Due to circumstances outside our control, the Tuesday January 18th session has had to be postponed to Tuesday 1st February, 6.30-8pm. All those who have booked onto the session on the 18th have had their booking automatically moved to the Tuesday 1st February but will be contacted to see if this suits them. The first session is still on Tuesday 25th January 2pm- 3.30pm.  Each session will cover the same material, they are on at different times so people can choose a suitable time. It may be possible to run this at another time if these fill up.  Please contact hkallow@rda.org.uk for further information.

These will count as a Showjumping review if a reflection is returned afterwards for those currently at Level 2. This will only count as a review up to Level 2; if you are level 3 or above you will need a face-to-face review.

The information is available on Events (myrda.org.uk)

 

Countryside Challenge Training

This will take place at the National Training Centre on 28th February and is open to all, whether you are a Judge, a Coach or a participant. The day will run from 9.30am until 3pm and will include a practical demonstration in the indoor school. There will be an online form to complete in our next newsletter to register your interest but please pop the date in your diary for now.

 

Reminder: Creative Writing Competition

Entries are still open for this year’s Creative Writing Competition! Please can you share this with your riders/drivers. 
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

 

SOS Group

SOS Group, who provide office solutions, are a long-time supporter and supplier of RDA, our National Championship at Hartpury and the virtual Champs last year, are offering groups free consultations with Director Andrew Skelton. They also have produced a short video below to help assist our groups during 2022 and beyond. On the video two and a half minute video, Andrew covers:

1.     Why SOS supports RDA
2.     What does SOS offer
3.     Why choose SOS
4.     The current situation
5.     The next step
 
Please click the link https://www.sosgroup-ltd.co.uk/rda/ to find out more.

 

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

24 December 2021Horsescotland Update

Horsescotland Covid 19 Guidance Update 22/12/2021

 

As you may well be aware, the First Minister provided an update on COVID-19 and related restrictions on Tuesday 21st December. These are in response to the challenges being posed by the Omicron variant.

 

These restrictions, which come into effect from 26th December for large scale events and indoor contact sports and from 27th December for all other areas including hospitality and leisure centres. They will be in effect for a period of three weeks.

 

❇️ For Indoor Hospitality and Leisure Venues

       *For indoor gym and leisure centre settings, 1m physical

        distancing should be implemented and class sizes limited to  

        ensure this can be maintained throughout the activity  

        including entry and exit.

       *For indoor hospitality, 1m physical distancing, groups of no

        more than three households and table service where alcohol

        is being served should be reintroduced.

 

❇️ For Large Scale Events there have been limits put on attendance

       *Indoors – 100 standing and 200 seated.

       *Outdoors – 500 standing and 500 seated.

 

❇️ For indoor contact sports

        * Professional and / or elite indoor contact sport with

         approved plans can continue with training and competition.

        *All other indoor (adult) contact sport and physical activity

         should not take place.

The definition of  Contact sport or activity is defined as “a sport or activity in which the participants necessarily come into bodily contact or as a matter of course encroach within 1m of one another”.

The First Minister also provided general advice to stay home and stay safe for this three-week period and minimise contact with others as much as possible.

Please note that Indoor Arenas which meet the previously published BHS criteria, which can be found here: https://bit.ly/3Eib9mP  are classed as Outdoors and if you are unsure, you should check with your Local Authority and Insurers.

24 December 2021National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

This will be the last newsletter of the year and the National Office will be closed from the 24th December– 3rd January, reopening on the 4th January. The next newsletter in the new year will be on the 12th January. If we need to contact you in the meantime we will of course do so.

With all that being said, from myself and all of us at the National Office – Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
 

COVID and the equestrian industry

At present, there are no new COVID restrictions that alter the way RDA groups can operate. Naturally, if that changes we will update everyone as soon as possible. In the meantime, British Equestrian have issued their response and recommendations for the wider equestrian industry, which you can find here: www.britishequestrian.org.uk/news/government-s-covid-plan-b-brought-in-for-england

 

Now open: Grants for Recovery – RDA Grants for Groups Fund 2021

Once again, we are very pleased to be able to make funds available for grants to RDA Member Groups – thanks to the support of Players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The closing date for applications is Friday 7 January 2022.

Our Funding Priorities

·       Group recovery and increasing participant numbers back to pre-pandemic level

·       Developing new activities and opportunities for growth

How to apply

All the information groups need on criteria, how to apply, how much they can apply for and the application form is in the downloadable document here: www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/group-fundraising-events/

Any questions about Grants to Groups please email groupgrants@rda.org.uk or call Peter Dean 01926 405963.

 

New Year’s Resolutions with RDA

I know it’s a little early to be thinking about New Year’s when we’ve not had Christmas yet, but I am planning a new campaign encouraging people to start their New Year’s Resolutions with RDA. This could be starting volunteering with RDA, gaining their pink coaching certificate, transitioning to canter, getting onto a horse, etc. If you or someone else you know would like to be an early participant in this, please get in touch with me (bfalcini@rda.org.uk) so we can chat about it. I will be sharing people’s resolutions and stories on our social media, with the aim to inspire others to follow suit. This is open to all, those in RDA (volunteers, staff & participants) and those outside of RDA. So do please share.
 

Vacancy: Opportunities in the Fundraising Team:

Two fantastic opportunities to join RDA’s Fundraising Team have opened up: Grant Giving and Individual Giving Officer and National Events and Community Fundraising Manager.

Both posts will support the delivery of the respective fundraising strategies in their areas of income generation, and help raise funds for core work and RDA’s ambitious strategy to increase the number of participants by 10,000 over the next three years.

If you are interested in applying, please follow the links below for further information on the roles and how to apply. This is an ideal opportunity for someone looking to take their next steps in their career in fundraising in a dynamic and fun environment. 

Join the RDA UK team - Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA)
 

RDA Dressage Judge Training

We have now finalised our Judges training days for 2022. There are four on offer positioned across the regions so hopefully everyone can attend a session that is closest to them. All four days will start in the classroom followed by a practical demonstration. The classroom content will include:

-        Language used when judging

-        What to expect in terms of disabilities (ID, VI, physical etc)

-        Difference between judging BD and RDA

-        Classification presentation including compensating aids
 

Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided. Please let us know of any dietary or access requirements on the booking form. Please do allow a few minutes for the booking form to submit, it can be slow to process the data. You should then receive an automated email confirmation; this may go to your junk folders so do check if you don’t receive it in your inbox. For dates, venues and booking form please see link https://www.myrda.org.uk/dressage-judge-training-booking-form/ password is dressage.
 

Weekly Webinar

For anyone who missed our weekly webinar last week on Introducing The Princess Royal Coach Academy, you can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ihDW0vmWJA
Next Webinar: Strategy Overview with Ed Bracher (13th January 2022)

Further to the consultation on the RDA strategy, Chief Executive Ed Bracher will be reviewing some of the feedback and will discuss the next steps in the process.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-5J08jbITqSKy7fWjxObyA

 

BEF Para Equestrian Entry Programme

British Equestrian (BEF) host Para Equestrian Entry Programme training days funded by Sport England. This training initiative offers regional training opportunities led by top international coaches. The aim of this initiative is to encourage young riders to make the next steps towards competing in British Dressage (BD) Para Equestrian competitions and entry onto the talent pathway.

These regional training sessions take place in RDA centres which offer a safe environment for riders at a pathway entry point and progression opportunities for those who do not own their own horse. The opportunity is open to riders from the RDA centre's own group and other local groups. The date of the next Entry Programme training day at the Unicorn Centre, Middlesbrough will be on Sunday 13th March 2022 with Angela Weiss.  

Please share this with your groups and if a rider would like to attend, please email Georgie Wheeler georgie.wheeler@bef.co.uk  at the earliest opportunity to secure a place. For more info on this programme please follow the link Para Equestrian Entry Programme - British Equestrian
 

Best wishes,

 

Brigitta Falcini

Communications Coordinator

Riding for the Disabled Association

01926 405964

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 

 

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