Volunteers may not have the time, but they have the HEART
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Volunteers are always welcome
Regardless of your experience, there are volunteering opportunities for everyone at RDA Ballina.
You don't need any horsemanship experience.
Just a passion to help your community and a will to learn!
You may simply enjoy company, and contributing in a meaningful way to your community, you may like gardening, or writing, or maybe you need to expand your work experience portfolio.
Old or young, and everything in between, our volunteers come from a broad range of backgrounds and bring valuable skills from administration to horsemanship and are willing to share their skills with you.


Volunteer Q and A's
  • What is the minimum age to volunteer? 12 yrs (with parent or guardian permission)
  • Is there a maximum age? Not at all
  • Does the Centre have insurance? Yes. The Centre has liability, directors and officers and most importantly personal accident insurance to cover a volunteer should an injury occur while volunteering.
  • How fit do I need to be? Volunteers work within their own fitness levels, just let the coach know what you're able to manage. There are many different roles, including administration.
  • Do I need a Working with Children Check? Yes. All volunteers are required to have a current Working With Children Check. We can assist with this process.
  • How often do I need to attend? As often or infrequently as you like! Most volunteers pop in one day per week during school terms, however this is a matter of personal choice.
  • What time time do I need to arrive? Most volunteers arrive around 8am, although even latecomers are welcome.
  • How long do I need to stay? Volunteers generally work for about 4 hours, however any length of time is fine with us, we all have commitments and understand the need for flexibility.
  • Can I ride the horses? Yes. Volunteers need to be assessed and approved as designated riders by a coach if they want to ride, and the horses benefit from being ridden by able bodied riders.
  • What if I don't like horses? There are so many areas of work to be done, many volunteers have no interest or confidence around horses (but they make a great cup of tea)
  • I'm not disabled, can I have lessons? Class times are reserved for disabled riders, however private lessons may also be available from time to time, and many 'free' horsemanship and ground working skills are shared by our volunteers.