Assist the coach of the day as a sidewalker and/or horse leader to ensure rider's therapy goals are met.
There are three sessions per day. This will involve walking alongside the horse and rider for up to an hour per session, giving verbal encouragement and enabling the rider to assume different riding postures to gain maximum benefit from the horse movement. You may need to have a physical hold of the rider. You will help to prevent accidents or falls and assist riders in the learning process and/or with posture and balance. Training will be given.
You may also be needed to assist as a Horse Leader, (training will be given), where you will concentrate on the behaviour of the horse, controlling its speed and direction, while being aware of the rider and the person walking alongside.
Please request a referral to find out more details of our NEXT NEW VOLUNTEER WORKSHOP taking place in our covered Arena, Canterbury Agricultural Show grounds, Northcote Drive. Wednesday, AUGUST 25th 1.00 to 2.30. Our website is www.chchrda.org.nz for more details. Please request a referral if you would like to attend.
Love of horses and/or empathy with people who have disabilities. Good level of fitness and good communication skills.
Time required is 9am to 2.30pm on any weekday, during school terms. Consistent availability is appreciated for at least one school term. (10 weeks).
The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.
Applicants for this role are required to undergo Police vetting.
You can find out more about this process on the Police website:
Working with children.