At RDA Nottingham Group we have around 30 volunteers, both men and women, most of whom help on a weekly basis but some of whom help more with our fund raising and publicity activities.
We have a number of qualified Group Coaches and one of these will teach the lesson. Although we run all day on a Thursday (Keyworth), some people are only able to help for part of the day but that's no problem - every bit helps! No experience is needed as training is given.
On a typical day, a volunteer might be involved in grooming and tacking the pony ready for the arrival of the children or they may be busy putting out equipment for use in the lesson, getting the children's hats ready or preparing paperwork. During the lesson volunteers may lead a pony or help a child mount and then provide support as a side walker; as well as a leader there may be two side walkers for each child. Sometimes volunteers may not be required to take part in the lesson but there is always something to do. Particularly important is being on call to respond to the shout of 'poo picker needed'! Other activities include extra support during a trotting activity, fetching extra pieces of equipment, managing the sound system ............in other words just about anything.