|All the ponies are looking really well and happy. Laura and Chloe are hacking out and leading some of the smaller ponies and they are all benefitting from their break.
Chris, Laura and Chloe have painted all the stables and have tidied up the tack room, so the stables are looking good.
There is still no news from AN as to when they might reopen but as soon as we have any more information we will pass it on to you. In the meantime please look at the message we have received from RDA National Office and take part in the survey.
From RDA National Office
Survey for participants, teachers, carers, families and volunteers
We know that many riders, drivers and their families are finding this time difficult – and that the lack of RDA is being felt across the organisation. As the first time that RDA has closed completely in 50 years, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to capture this moment through the people affected.
Please copy this suggested text and the link below and circulate it to as many of your RDA community as possible – it’s fine if multiple family members answer, or more than one contact at a school – the more responses, the more accurate a picture we will get.
“RDA UK would like to understand what impact the closure of groups is having on participants and volunteers. This survey will only a take a few minutes to complete and you don’t have to give your name or contact information. RDA UK would like as many responses as possible, so please pass this on to anyone else you know who might be affected. It can be completed by RDA participants, family members, carers, teachers and RDA volunteers. www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RDACovidImpact”
Competition time! Design your own Countryside Challenge obstacle
Countryside Challenge Lead, Sue Mack, has come up with a great idea to get your participants’ creative juices flowing during lockdown. The winner of this competition to design a new obstacle for the Countryside Challenge will have their winning entry built and included in next year’s National Championships. Entries can be from individual participants or RDA groups.
More information and downloadable flyer here: www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/covid19/
Please nominate Morpeth Riding For The Disabled to receive a possible award of £1,000 from Movement For Good.
It’s quick and easy to do, just click on the link below and enter our charity number 1123482
The more people who nominate us the greater the chance there is of us receiving an award. Like many other organisations we’ve lost most of our fundraising events for this year so if we were able to receive this money it would be a great help.
A huge thank you to everyone who took part or supported us in our 2.6 Challenge, some photos from the walks can be seen on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/2345396355789229/
So far we have raised the fantastic sum of £845. All of the money raised will go towards the care and upkeep of our 13 wonderful ponies.
If you haven’t yet donated but would like to, there’s still time, just click on the link below
Many thanks again for your continued support
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.
As with other organisations and businesses in the UK it’s important for us to respond to the developing situation of Coronavirus in a calm, measured and appropriate way. RDA’s policy is that Groups, volunteers and participants should refer to and follow the current official Government advice, which is being regularly updated as the situation changes.
The Government’s Coronavirus webpage is frequently updated as things develop, so please check it regularly at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
The Government Coronavirus webpage also advises on what to do if people have recently returned from areas affected by the virus. Please check the advice and the list of countries. Just like everyone else, volunteers, staff and participants should follow the standard advice on self-isolation if that is applicable.
The NHS website also provides guidance on the symptoms, how the disease is spread, and how to avoid catching or spreading germs. You can view this at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
As you will understand, this is a rapidly changing situation so it is worth continuing to check the Government webpage for updates, and follow their advice to guide your decisions.
If you have any specific concerns, please do get in touch with us directly.