18 May 2022
National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

This week is Dementia Action Week. This is a great opportunity to encourage groups to sign up for Tea with a Pony, and we already know of groups who are running their first sessions this week. Thanks for everything you are doing to help encourage and support this activity, which makes such a powerful impact on everyone who takes part. If groups would like more information or to sign up, please email Lucy on lwake@rda.org.uk

Read more about our plans for Dementia Action Week here: www.rda.org.uk/news_cpt/rda-marks-dementia-action-week-with-record-tea-with-a-pony-sessions/ 

Last Chance to win tickets to Finals Day at Polo in the Park, London (10-12 June)

Our Polo in the Park competition ends this Friday (20th May). If you haven’t entered, now is your chance!

Child’s Farm and Chesterton’s Polo in the Park are kindly offering RDA participants and volunteers the chance to win a pair of tickets to Finals Day (Sunday 12) at Polo in the Park, located in Hurlingham Park, London. There are 8 pairs of tickets available to be won. Details on how to enter can be found on the pinned post on RDA’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/RDANational 

Reminder: Co-op Grant opportunity – 3-29 May 2022

Our friends at Co-op are inviting local groups to apply to be a Co-op Local Cause. Successful applicants will receive a minimum of £1,000 and partner with Co-op for 12 months. To find out more visit https://causes.coop.co.uk or contact Clare Prysbet cprysbet@rda.org.uk. (Also, please do let us know if one of your groups is successful – we want to hear about your wins!)

Help RDA decorate our stand at Gardener’s World Live

RDA has some exciting plans for our stand Gardener’s World Live this year. We are asking participants and volunteers to decorate flowers to be put on display as a flower wall. This would be a fun non-ridden activity for participants at your RDA groups, especially for school groups or after-school clubs. 

We would love those taking part to decorate the flower templates in any way they’d like – colouring pens & pencils, paints, sticking things to them, felt, etc. Once decorated, we are asking for them to be posted to our National Office by Friday 10 June. 

All details, including the flower templates and where to send them, can be found here: https://www.myrda.org.uk/events/gardeners-world/ 

Share a Big Lunch 

Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) and the Platinum Jubilee (Thursday 2 June) will soon be upon us, offering a great opportunity to organise a get together at groups. 

We already know of several groups which are celebrating around that week with a Big Lunch or similar events. For more information on running a Big Lunch, please see here: https://www.edenprojectcommunities.com/the-big-jubilee-lunch

If you - or a group in your area - is holding a Jubilee or Volunteers’ Week event I’d love to hear about it (bfalcini@rda.org.uk). 

30-day free digital access to April/May 2022 issue of Carriage Driving magazine

Carriage Driving magazine are kindly offering our members a 30-day free digital access to their April/May 2022 issue.

Simply enter your name and email address via this link to gain access here: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6861714/Carriage-Driving-RDA

Do you know someone with a vision impairment that can’t be corrected with glasses?

The RNIB wants to hear from those with a vision impairment unable to be corrected by glasses to help improve the lives of vision impaired people in the UK. The RNIB are running a telephone survey to help them understand what life is like living with a vision impairment.

To register interest in taking part, call 0800 009 6066 for free, or follow this link: https://forms.office.com/r/bR2pvbZXTK. All surveys are kept anonymous and confidential.

Best wishes,


Brigitta Falcini

Communications Coordinator

Riding for the Disabled Association

01926 405964


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