More than just a pony ride!
Its about developing physical abilities such as core strength and muscle tone.
Help us spread the word that RDA is more than just a pony ride!
"More than just a pony ride!" is once again the theme for the 2017 RDAWA Awareness Week.. There is still a perception in the wider community that RDA provides pony rides for people with disabilities and although it is a lovely thing to do, there is little or no understanding of the many benefits our programs provide to people with disabilities, special needs and mental health problems.
We are a community based not for profit charitable organisation that combines the transformative power and the therapeutic effects of horse riding in the provision of equine assisted therapies and activities. Our programs are designed to expand the horizons, develop the abilities and enrich the lives of those involved.
RDAWA offers a variety of programs and services to children and adults with physical & intellectual disabilities, mental health issues and learning & behavioural problems in an inclusive environment.
RDA programs use the horse as part of its activities to develop, increase and improve a variety of abilities including:
Physical: Muscle tone, balance, coordination, muscle strength, flexibility, fitness, posture, gait (ability to walk), respiration, circulation, metabolism, sensory perception and integration, independence: self-care and mobility.
Psychological: Concentration, problem solving and decision making, insight, motivation, self-esteem, confidence, learning/practicing concepts e.g. letters, numbers, colours, distances, shapes etc.
Social: Communication and social skills, learning appropriate behaviour and manners, interaction with peers: individuals and groups, human/animal contact and bonding, building relationships, consideration for others and taking on responsibility.
Recreational/sport/vocational: Equestrian skills and horse management, develop interests, broaden experiences, challenge and success in competition with self and others, stimulation and/or relaxation, integration and community participation, work experience.
Our 19 affiliated centres, 800 volunteers and 160 horses/ponies assist over 900 participants each year, however we would not be able to do this without the generous support of the WA Community. Join the RDA journey and help us make a difference in the lives of people in the community. Please give generously during the 2017 Awareness Week.
RDAWA Awareness Week Activities
Coffee & Cake for a Cause
Host a coffee & cake for a cause event during Awareness Week and help support Riding for the Disabled Association of WA make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities, special needs and mental health illnesses.
Register your event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Enriching Lives' Photo Competition
This year is RDAWA's 45th Anniversary and to celebrate the achievements of all our participants and volunteers and we invite you to join us by sending in your photos. The theme is RDAWA Enriching Lives because we believe that through therapy with horses we can enrich the lives of those in our community.
How to Enter
All you need to do is find your best photo that you think embodies the theme 'RDAWA Enriching Lives.' Then head to the submission page at www.rdawa.org.au/photocompetition and upload the photo of your choice for a chance to win one of the prizes up for grabs. Simply enter your name and contact details and tell us in 25 words or less what RDAWA means to you. This competition is open to all ages!
For more information about terms and conditions please click here.
Horsing Around with Blossom
We have a new member of the RDAWA team on board this Awareness Week to help us spread the word about what we do in our community. Blossom is our new squishy pony and we would love for you to take her out an about with you during Awareness Week and share your photos on Facebook and Instagram of her having some fun promoting RDAWA in the community. #rdawa #blossom.
To purchase you own Blossom (RRP: $8.00) and help support the work RDAWA is doing within the WA community please contact the RDAWA office on (08) 9296 4655 or at email@example.com.