Benefits of RDA Volunteering
Riding for the Disabled Association Calls on Government to Tackle Loneliness and Mental Health Issues through Volunteering
Following a survey of 1,629 volunteers, RDA is marking its 50th anniversary by launching a report on the impact of volunteering on health and wellbeing and the benefits for both RDA participants and the volunteers.
The report was presented at a Parliamentary Reception in Westminster, hosted by MP for Cheltenham, Alex Chalk on February 6, with the charity calling on the government to recognise the dual benefit that volunteering brings.
RDA’s 18,000 amazing volunteers contribute more than three million hours of their time each year and are the backbone of the organisation’s success. According to the report, 96% of these volunteers said that RDA had improved their overall satisfaction with life, and 81% said that volunteering makes them feel better about themselves.
RDA and its horses benefit the lives of 25,600 disabled children and adults through its 500 groups across the UK. Volunteers form an integral part in helping to transform the lives of those they help, whilst as the report acknowledges having a measurable impact on their own lives.
The full report can be read by following the link on our Volunteers page.