Welcome to The Morpeth Group Riding For The Disabled

Welcome to Morpeth Group RDA, part of a UK charity dedicated to improving the lives of thousands of children and adults with both developmental and physical disabilities.

Our horses and ponies provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment to over 100 riders every week. Riders experience 1000 beneficial movements every 10 minutes! So, half an hour on a pony has huge benefits physically as well as a great confidence booster – 90% of riders improve their confidence.

We are a non-profit-making registered charity and we rely on our wonderful army of volunteers along with donations and legacies to help us achieve this. Most of our volunteers have been with us for many years together with our highly experienced and well trained instructors we offer riding sessions six days a week at our current location in Tranwell, Morpeth and now we are asking for your help.

An appeal is being made for volunteers to help with Morpeth Riding for the Disabled at The Pegasus Centre, Tranwell, Morpeth.

Regular help is needed to assist with leading the ponies during classes at the centre. Some knowledge of handling horses would be an advantage although not essential as training will be given.

Help is needed on the following times :
Tuesday evening between 6pm – 7pm for a Useful Vision Group of visually impaired riders
Tuesday afternoon between 1pm – 4pm
Wednesday 1.30pm – 4pm
Thursday 12.30pm – 2.30pm & 5pm – 7pm
Friday 1.15pm – 2.30 pm
Saturday 10am – 3pm

The Morpeth Group Riding For The Disabled is a registered charity giving people with special needs and disabilities a chance to develop their abilities and enrich their lives through riding specially trained ponies.
Over 300 riders aged between 4 to 72 use the centre, travelling from all over the county and even Tyneside to attend.

The Pegasus Centre is managed by Active Northumberland and supported financially by Northumberland County Council.

Northumberland County Councillor Cath Homer, cabinet member with responsibility for leisure said:

“There is a small, dedicated team of paid staff and a team of passionate volunteers who turn up week in, week out to provide their invaluable support to help make the centre work. However Morpeth Riding for the Disabled group need more helping hands.”

“Volunteering with RDA is rewarding and fulfilling and we’d be really grateful to anyone who could spare a couple of hours each week to help. We welcome volunteers from the age of 14 and there is no upper age limit. ”

To find out more ring: Dawn Watson on 01670 624780 or email
dwatson@activenorthumberland.org.uk