At Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), all horses benefit the lives of over 25,000 disabled children and adults. With fun activities like riding and carriage driving, they provide therapy, fitness, skills development and opportunities for achievement – all supported by 18,000 amazing volunteers and qualified coaches at nearly 500 RDA centres all over the UK.
RDA is an inclusive and diverse organisation. RDA welcome clients with physical and learning disabilities and autism, and there are no age restrictions. Through their network of member groups, RDA is at work in every corner of the UK, in cities and remote rural areas, bringing the therapy, achievement and fun of horses to as many people as possible.
RDA is a charity, and they can only carry out our life-changing activities thanks to the generosity of donors, the dedication of volunteers and the good nature of fantastic horses.
The Regional Chair role is a voluntary position and is vital in providing development and direction within their region whilst keeping open communication channels. They support their regional officer’s in their roles, which ensures volunteers are knowledgeable on RDA’s objectives and operations. The Regional Chair works closely with both National Office and their Regional team.
In the role of Regional Chair, there are opportunities to contribute to the development of RDA UK through their membership of the Regional Chair’s Committee, which directly report to the RDA Board of Trustees as well as receiving ongoing support from RDA National office. Starting out as a Regional Chair includes the opportunity to attend an induction day at the National Training Centre or by video conference (subject to Covid-19 restrictions).
Ideally, you will have:
• Enthusiasm for RDA UK and the values it holds.
• Experience of being part of chairing a committee and an interest in working with others to develop plans.
• An interest and ability to visit and interact with groups throughout the region.
• An open mind to supporting volunteers and groups in different ways.
• An ability to communicate in a variety of ways including the use of email.
• A willingness to lead
• Have the skills to run a meeting well
• Have an efficient approach to the role