ABS Anniversary Fund Series – October: Calderdale Riding for the Disabled Association
Congratulations to Calderdale Riding for the Disabled Association (Calderdale RDA) who were the October recipient of the ABS anniversary fund!
The ABS Foundation and our charity partner Community Foundation for Calderdale will be supporting 12 different charities who deliver vital services in Calderdale. Every month, between May 2019 and April 2020 the ABS 19/20 fund will make an award to one fantastic local charity.
Who are Calderdale Riding for the Disabled Association?
Calderdale RDA are a small group based in Halifax. This voluntary led non-profit organisation provide horse therapy and riding to groups and individuals who have disabilities.
What will Calderdale RDA do with the Donation?
Penni (volunteer at Calderdale RDA) wanted more people with anxiety to benefit from their services and decided to start horse therapy workshops which would incorporate a group peer-support session.
The £950 donation will enable Calderdale RDA to run two pilot therapy workshops.
Calderdale RDA have already delivered one 3-week course to clients from the Skillshop Charity Day Centre. They have collected some wonderful feedback from the participants and will run the next trial in early Spring 2020.
Building A Future
RDA would like to build up the capacity and increase what they can offer by having more available sessions during the day for disabled people across Calderdale to attend.
Calderdale RDA are also raising funds for a new horse which will extend their services to more people.
Julie Stott, chair of Calderdale RDA comments: “It is really apparent to see when watching the volunteers, how relaxed and happy they all are in their work, they all leave the yard a different person with a huge smile on their face.”
Dave Lees, trustee of the ABS Foundation and director at ABS UK said of the recent donation, “Having seen first-hand the horses and how people interact with these beautiful animals it is easy to see the benefits this project has on people with disabilities. We are excited to support such a project and hope it can reach more people across Calderdale.”
If you’re a charity in Calderdale and like what you see, check out our blog post introducing the fund and to find out how you can apply.
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