This role involves work with horses and children or adults who live with physical, emotional, and/or intellectual challenges. You will support our clients as they learn to ride horses. Riding gives them confidence, grows self esteem, enhances their communication skills and builds relationships. You will walk beside riders to assist them with safety and balance etc. - but a big part of this role is encouraging riders, supporting them and helping them have a great experience whilst growing in skills like confidence and self esteem. We can teach you about horses if you do not have previous experience, so that you feel comfortable and at ease. There is the opportunity to gain horse management skills and complete standard training toward equine management studies, if that is of interest.
We require volunteers on Tuesday and Thursday mornings as that us when we run sessions - during the school term. You must be prepared to work with horses and be able to work comfortably with people who have special needs. You must enjoy the outdoors and have a reasonable level of fitness.
Ideally you are friendly, caring and encouraging, and enjoy working as part of a welcoming team.
It takes a while to get to know this role so we would expect you to be in a position to make a minimum 4-6 month, once or twice a week, commitment to volunteering for us.
Only operational during school terms.
This role is in Kihikihi Domain where the RDA operates from.
The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.
Youth & Children