Sense and RDA in partnership to support deafblind riders

RDA SenseRDA and Sense are starting a project at theSense stables in Spalding, Lincolnshire looking at how both organisations can work more closely together and benefit from the skills and resources that each brings.

The Sense Riding Centre is the only place in the UK where deafblind people can get involved in every aspect of stable life from riding and grooming to animal care, maintenance and administration tasks. Attendees also learn basic literacy and numeracy skills. The Centre acts as a specialist ‘classroom’ for deafblind people, helping them to become more independent and realise what they are capable of achieving.

RDA’s network of volunteer groups, organise activities such as riding, carriage driving, vaulting and showjumping to up to 28,000 people each year.

Over 18,000 volunteers offer activities for all age groups and, wherever possible, to people with any disability.

Gill Morbey, Chief Executive at Sense, comments, ‘Horse riding gives enormous pleasure and brings about tremendous physical benefits to people taking part. It can also offer riders a real sense of empowerment and self-confidence. We are really excited about working with RDA and being able to extend the fantastic facilities we have to offer to even more riders.

Together, we will be able to offer a comprehensive programme of therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities in the Lincolnshire area.’

Ed Bracher, Chief Executive of RDA, says: “This partnership with Sense is a great opportunity for us to work with a specific impairment group; giving us the chance to learn new skills and techniques to ensure that deafblind people across RDA can get the best possible experience from their time with us.”

About Riding for the Disabled Association

Riding for the Disabled Association Incorporating Carriage Driving (RDA) is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through the provision of horse riding and carriage driving. www.rda.org.uk

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