Reintroducing disabled people to the riding centre
The organisation: RDA Cleveland provides a purpose-built horse-riding facility for people with complex disabilities from across the Tees Valley, including Redcar. It provides a high standard of horse riding coaching for therapy, education and fun, within a supportive environment and through fostering a culture of inclusion.
The initiative: Many of the group's participants have had to shield throughout the pandemic and will remain isolated for much longer than the majority of people due to their poor immune systems. The Sofia grant will allow a dedicated member of staff to support this isolated group of participants with the aim of reintroducing them to the centre after a long period of absence. It will provide the participants with a dedicated listener, a person who can be a spokesperson for them, and help them deal with their lack of inclusion. The initiative is there to help them feel comfortable and involved with the centre and the changes that have taken place over the past 18 months including new volunteers, new horses and different ways of doing things.