Sorrel Docherty - Operations Manageroperationsmanager@ridehigh.org
My name is Sorrel, here at Ride High I hold the position of Operations Manager. I am a qualified youth worker and riding instructor, which as you can imagine makes my post here very fitting. Over the years I have carried out various types of research, written articles and got heavily involved in the 'horsey' world. However, when I then became interested in the youth work/charity field, I found myself in a position where I could bring both of these worlds together. I have been involved in settings which bring young people and horses together for a few years now, and I find myself very lucky to be a part of this growing sector. Ride High gives young people a really special opportunity. Seeing some of the life changing outcomes of the programme makes it a very special place to be for all involved.
Hannah Thompson - Children's Managerchildrensmanager@ridehigh.org
I joined Ride High as a Club Leader, working with groups of members in their riding lessons and clubroom sessions. Now as the Children"s Manager I still have the pleasure of working with groups but also play a part in making sure Ride High is reaching the children who need us most, through maintaining relationships with referrers, parents and carers, managing the waiting list and monitoring the progress of those attending sessions. We have a wonderful team here, all of us working together to help our members change their lives.
Animals have always been an essential part of my life and in the past I"ve worked as a class teacher and as an educator for a conservation charity. It is fantastic to be able to bring both of these things together at Ride High and the rewards of working with the children and young people we help are huge.
Aimee Dillard - Clubroom Leaderclubleader@ridehigh.org
My name is Aimee and I am one of the Clubroom Leaders here at Ride High. I have the privilege of working closely with the children on a daily basis both within the clubroom and within practical riding lessons. I get to witness many embarking on their own personal journeys with us, whilst growing as young people and achieving things that they never thought they could.
As a qualified social worker I have always been passionate about working with children. I came to Ride High for a fresh, exciting challenge and a new experience, having never worked with horses before. I love that I am able to combine both working with children and animals every day. I can honestly say that there is no better reward than seeing youngsters lives' change for the better, and of course those smiling faces!
Leanne Freeth - Clubroom Leaderclubleader2@ridehigh.org
I'm Leanne, and I'm a Clubroom Leader at Ride High. I work closely with the members of Ride High, supporting them as they develop a brand new skill while making friends in a safe, welcoming environment. Here at Ride High our young people never have to worry about feeling judged or labelled, and it's deeply rewarding to see them grow in confidence and achieve the potential we see in them from the start. I come from a performing arts background, and having worked as a drama practitioner for children of all ages I was keen to take on a new challenge, which would allow me to see the difference we can make by believing in our young people and offering them the opportunities they so richly deserve.
Helen Dixon - Marketing and Fundraising Managerhelendixon@ridehigh.org
I'm Helen the Marketing and Fundraising Manager at Ride High. My role at this wonderful charity primarily involves me raising awareness of what we do and generating income to help us continue to support 80 of Milton Keynes most disadvantaged children every week. I have over ten years experience in marketing and events primarily in the education sector. I came to Ride High because I wanted to use my knowledge and experience to make a real difference to peoples live's. I enjoy the variety that every day brings and witnessing the transformation that our children make on their Ride High journey. If you would like to get involved, or have any ideas for marketing and fundraising initiatives please get in touch.
Deborah Clancy - Office Coordinatoradmin@ridehigh.org
I spent many of my teen years galloping up Dunstable Downs and going on lots of lovely treks with my friend's horses, and know how therapeutic just hanging out with horses can be. So, I'm really excited to be a member of the Ride High team. I have always worked in the corporate world and when I was made redundant, I decided that I wanted to work for a charity where they make a difference. Well theres no doubt that Ride High makes a huge difference to childrens live's! I saw it within my first week of working here. Although I'm primarily in the office, I often get to help out with the children in their riding lessons or classroom sessions and its so lovely to see them and the horses working together, and the smiles on their faces when they are here at Ride High.
John Chapman - Driver
My name is John. Although my official title is mini bus driver, I also help around Ride High in many other capacities. My main role involves collecting the children from either schools or homes and returning them after their sessions at Ride High. As far as I'm concerned, once they have joined Ride High, they become part of our family and I like to keep that feeling on the mini bus. It is truly an emotionally rewarding career.