Woodside Farm Riding for the Disabled

by | 20 August 2021 | Local Charity, Worksop

Woodside Farm Riding for the Disabled, based at Eastfield Farm, King’s Clipstone, is delighted to report that following a phased return to active riding in April they are nearly back to full operation.
Well done to Ayla Johnson, who has finally been approved officially as their coach in training by some innovative use of Zoom training. They have more volunteers interested in starting on the coaching pathway and the future looks more secure.
Their plans for expanding sessions are still on hold until RDA assessors are back in action. Once that is in hand, they hope to tackle the long waiting list for places. So, thank you everyone for your understanding – they have not forgotten you.
Although funds have been tight, they have so far weathered the COVID crisis and the huge impact lockdown has had on their services. This has been due mainly to wonderful support from the Sir John Eastwood Foundation who have continued to have faith that the charity can deliver. The Foundation has their sincere thanks.
They are also excited to have received an award of £2,021 from the Made by Sport Clubs in Crisis Fund, which supports organisations working with young people using sport to deliver wider social outcomes. With volunteers ranging from age 12 to 77, and riders currently between the ages of five and 18, they are well placed to channel enthusiasms for all things horsey and rural into life changing ambitions and perhaps inspire coaches of the future and innovative ways of involving horses in therapy. Thank you to Made by Sport and to the grants team at Nottinghamshire Community Foundation for facilitating the bid.
For more information call 01623 627974 or email studley@waitrose.com. Follow them on Facebook: ‘woodside rda at eastfield’ or find them on Localgiving: www.localgiving.org/woodsidefarmstablesrda.