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Shiresmill Therapy Riding Centre Needs You!
Volunteers Urgently Required – Can You Help Us?

Shiresmill Therapy Riding Centre has been helping children and people of all ages with physical, learning, social and behavioural disabilities for over 30 years.

Since 1996 it has been based at its present location, a beautiful, peaceful spot above High Valleyfield Woods.

There are indoor and outdoor arenas, as well as a wonderful Sensory Park that’s constantly being developed and improved for the enjoyment of our riders and ponies.

The benefits of therapeutic riding are endless; it is an enjoyable and fun experience which can improve co-ordination, communication, balance, muscle control and posture, all contributing to increased confidence, self esteem and social skills.

Shiresmill is run entirely by volunteers and the services provided at Shiresmill are presently in exceptionally high demand. To continue to provide these services and offer classes to the people on our waiting list, we are now urgently appealing for volunteers to help with a number of roles at our Centre, particularly on weekdays.

These roles include meeting and greeting visitors, pony care and training, helping our riders choose the correct safety equipment and helping with their pony knowledge. In addition to these roles our wonderful facility requires a huge amount of work by our maintenance team; keeping our surroundings beautiful for our riders, ponies and volunteers is very important to us.

Are you a handy man or woman, a gardener or a jack-of-all-trades? If so we need you too, even if your contribution is seasonal.

Working at the Centre can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Our groups’ age ranges from 14 to over 80 years of age and every person is valued for their contribution and the specific skills they bring to our Centre.

Here’s a testimonial from one of our young riders, Anya (pictured), aged 13;
‘I like coming to Shiresmill because it is fun and it helps me with my confidence and my balance.

When I’m sad it makes me happy. Harry is a lovely horse. I like trotting on him and I like to ride him without a lead rope. Riding Harry in the dressage competition was amazing’.

Could you join us and help more young riders like Anya? Do you have a few hours to spare each week and are looking for an amazing volunteering opportunity?

If you’d like to make a positive difference to our riders’ lives, grow your skills and meet new people please get in touch by calling the Centre on 01383 882 700 or visiting our website www.shiresmill.org

We can’t wait to hear from you!


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