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.​
Young disabled boy and volunteer, learning skills and activities surrounding horses.

Volunteers may not have the time, but they have the heart

Volunteers may not have the time, but they have the heart


12 years old (with parent or guardian permission)
No. All ages above 12 years are welcome.

Yes. The Centre has liability, directors and officers and most importantly personal accident insurance to cover a volunteer should an injury occur while volunteering.

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.

Yes. All volunteers are required to have a current Working with Children Check. We can assist with this process.

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.

Most volunteers arrive around 8am, although even late-comers are welcome.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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