At Energize, we like to recognise volunteers for the contribution they make to getting hearts beating faster across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin.
Perry Riding and Driving Group provides facilities solely for disabled people and is situated 6 miles north-west of Shrewsbury enjoying the wonderful peace and tranquillity of the Shropshire countryside.
Assisted by a group of willing volunteers, Perry RDA provides tuition, from the very basic to the more advanced, therapeutic riding and physiotherapy, and enjoyable hacks and drives.
Sam Davison, a volunteer from Wrexham completes a 50 mile round trip to help out at Shropshire based Perry every weekend. Here is a quote from Sam on why he volunteers and what he has got out of it, alongside how Perry RDA have made him feel welcome and provided a great opportunity to help a local cause-
“I travel as far as I do because Perry RDA is an exceptional place. A friendly and welcoming environment that benefits so many and not just the RDA participants. I like the can do attitude and the people their go above and beyond.
Here is Sam (right) supporting the British RDA National Vaulting Champions Jake (on pony) and Blossom (balancing on Jakes shoulders)
Being a part of the team that operates on a Saturday is both challenging and rewarding. We work in all weathers, we operate all day, we have a good time, and we learn new things and drink a fair amount of tea.
Having been there for a number of years I have witnessed and been a part of the good work that is carried out by the group. It is nice to see the participants develop and make achievements both big and small and of course to see them enjoying themselves.
Sam (left) can be seen in this picture supporting James (central) during a Hippotherapy session supervised by chartered physiotherapist Lynne Munro (right)
Perry RDA has helped me build my confidence and develop as a person it has opened doors for me in the wider world and ultimately it has helped me shape my career. I have learnt so many transferrable skills from people management to communication from volunteering at Perry RDA which I can now take from the riding arena to the boardroom.
Seeing and helping participants to grow in confidence, make friendships, be challenged, overcome barriers and achieve is why I travel as far as I do.
Because there is no place like it”
More information can be found on Perry RDAs website here
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