Become a Volunteer

Pathway to volunteering

Getting started as a Volunteer is a simple process, however there are some key steps to take before you begin volunteering. You need to be a minimum age of 14 years to  volunteer, however there is no maximum age.

To get started you will need to complete the following…


1. Volunteer Application Form

Complete a Volunteer Application Form in full and send this to

All enrolment information is confidential and will be used for RDA purposes only. Existing volunteers will be asked to update their form from time to time in line with GDPR regulations.


2. Initial E-Learning

Before attending your first day, whilst we process your application, there are 3 short e-learning  courses to complete on  our dedicated E-Learning site. These cover important information about us, our safeguarding procedures and our health & safety policies.

You can either email your certificates to or bring printed copies on your first day.


3. Disclosure Check ( DBS Check)

If you are involved in an RDA session you will be asked to complete an enhanced disclosure check. Our Group Safeguarding Officer will support you with this once you arrive. The fee for this is covered by the Centre however, donations are gratefully received.


4. Green Card—On your first day

Before starting you will be asked to complete and sign the front of an RDA Volunteer Basic Training Record Card (Green Card). This acts as a training log which is signed off as you are training and comfortable in a role. It is not obligatory to sign off all sections as training is specific to your role.


5. Centre Introduction—On your first day

Your Coach or session organiser will complete an introduction to the centre with you. This will include informing you of the health & safety policies and procedures, fire safety, first aid arrangements and an introduction to our Volunteer Guidebook. You will then be introduced to the ponies and your fellow volunteers.


We are committed to quality training.

To protect the safety of our volunteers and participants and to ensure the welfare of our equines, mandatory training sessions are held in the year for all volunteers to attend. We appreciate all the time you give to the centre and so a flexible approach is taken with a mix of e-learning and face-to-face sessions depending on your availability. Your learning. Your way.

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