Riding for the Disabled is an Australia wide charitable organisation that is dedicated to providing therapeutic equine assisted activities which help people with disabilities and special needs achieve goals that develop their abilities and enriches their lives.
RDA Carine has been going for over 35 years now and is the largest of the States RDA Centres. The Centre currently has around 130 clients with various degrees of disabilities who attend sessions weekly and there are currently another 100 plus on the waiting list who are trying to get into our programs.
Riders not only come from the immediate and surrounding areas but also come from as far as Fremantle, Hamilton Hill, Alkimos, Ballajura, Vic Park and even Manjimup and Wyalkatchem.
The Centre, which sits on approximately 14 acres of Council owned land in Monyash Road Carine operates six days a week. The organisation is based on and reliant on volunteers and accredited coaches to operate. Currently there are approximately 45 people who volunteer on a regular weekly basis and another 15-20 who drop in to provide some assistance when time permits. All volunteers have Police Clearances and Working with Children Cards and are fully insured under the Organisations policies.
Our clients ages range from 3 to 70 with a wide range of disabilities which include Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy Multiple Sclerosis, Vision Impairments, Intellectual disabilities, Down Syndrome and Autism. They come direct to the Centre or via programs such as Special Educational programs at schools, Rocky Bay Disability Services etc.
We welcome enquiries from all potential new riders and volunteers and like to be active in the community that supports us.
RDA Carine acknowledges the Whajuk Noongar people who are the traditional owners of the land we now share. We respect the continuing knowledge, culture and understandings held by the Elders, past, present and future.
Click here to read more about the team leading the organisation into a new phase of growth and development in 2021.
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RDA Carine aims to enable people with disabilities to experience enjoyment, challenge and a sense of achievement through participation in equestrian activities to improve their quality of life, attain personal goals and develop life skills.
To be acknowledged in West Australia as a leader in equine – assisted therapeutic, educational, recreational and sporting activities that expand the horizons of those with disabilities leading to the enrichment of their lives.