Karen Place - Volunteer
I help out at Ride High twice a week. I didn't have any prior knowledge of horses before I came to Ride High but I wanted to help with the children. I help the children with the equipment, safety and riding. I encourage and praise, helping to their build confidence. I help in the Clubroom with various activities; sticking, colouring, story writing and making things.
My highlight so far was taking a group of children to London to meet the Metropolitan Police horses. Some of the children had never even been on a train before let alone to London so it was great to be involved with the excitement.
My son has ASD. Working with the children helps me to give back to other parents and children who are struggling. I struggle with confidence myself so it's helped me to get out of the house and challenge myself to do something out of my comfort zone. The experience has also enabled me to study to be a support worker in a school.
Have a go! It's so much fun. The children are lovely and it's so nice to see the improvement and the smiles on their faces. It's an amazing team to be a part of. I go home feeling like I've really made a difference. I love children and the outdoors and it's perfect for me to combine both.
Sarah Lindau - Volunteer
I work at RSM in Milton Keynes we are one of Ride High's corporate supporters. I had been interested in volunteering for some time but had not found anything that grabbed me until I found out about Ride High. I now help out at the Centre once a week.
I get involved in all sorts from leading the horses, helping the kids with their equipment to arts and crafts in the clubroom.
My highlight has been seeing the kids open up and come out of their shells. A few weeks back many of them jumped on a horse for the first time which was great to be a part of.
It is great fun and really rewarding to know that you are making a difference.
Rosemary Grout - Volunteer
"I have ridden and owned ponies for most of my life. I decided to volunteer at Ride High because I wanted to help others enjoy the fun I have had.
My highlight so far came last year when I heard Ride High being interviewed on Three Counties Radio. I recognised the voice of one of the children who I had worked with since he first started with us. He was a very shy boy and terrified of the ponies to start with, but to hear the confidence with which he spoke to the radio presenter made me realise how far he had come, and I felt very proud that I had been a part of this.
Ride High has definitely helped me to become more confident with children and young people and gain some insight into the problems they may have".
Sean Phillips - Volunteer
"I help out every Tuesday evening with the Bullseye group. I enjoy helping out with clubroom activities the most; games, arts and crafts and team building exercises all help to increase the children's confidence. I've also had the pleasure of accompanying children on day trips including Badminton Horse Trials and Newsells Stud Farm.
The absolute best part of volunteering every week is that I get to witness and be part of the transformation the children make in their time at Ride High. To know I am helping vulnerable and disadvantaged children in my local community is extremely rewarding.
My involvement with Ride High has given me a whole new perspective on life and I always look forward to coming to the centre every week to see the children."