With a week to go until National Volunteers week, why not get your Young Equestrians Club involved in Volunteering?
Volunteering is a great opportunity for us all. We get the chance to get out there, meet new people, try new things and give back to our community- Not to mention the skills it helps us to develop!
Within the Equestrian industry there are a variety of organisations, charities and events that you can get involved with to give volunteering a go and be able to start them through National Volunteering Week.
To name a few:
British Eventing: If you would like to contribute to one of the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Member Bodies at a variety of events with different roles, this is one for you! You can find out more on roles and training to support here
The Pony Club: There’s a chance to volunteer at your local Branches and Centres and at bigger events like the National Championship. Through Pony Club you can support at Rallies, training sessions and local events as well as at larger Area events, to register click here
British Riding Clubs: Via the British Horse Society you can volunteer at any British Riding Club activities including their National Championship. To find out how you can volunteer for this organisation, please contact Jennie, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Riding for the Disabled: The charity provides children and adults with disabilities with opportunity to take part in fun activities like riding and carriage driving. If you would like to get involved, please find out more here
All of your volunteering efforts and hours can be recognised via:
Young Equestrian Leaders Award (YELA)
YELA is an award scheme, supported by the BEF, which recognises the effort that all young volunteers give to equestrianism and in becoming the equestrian leaders of the future.
YELA has three progressive levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. The scheme starts at Bronze where the applicant will need to complete 20 hours volunteering and introduces skills, like organisation and team work, which can be further developed in the Silver and Gold Awards. The Silver Award requires 40 volunteering hours and the Gold Award requires 120 volunteering hours and completion of a self-initiated project. Both build up your skill base for leadership and planning.
How to sign up? You can sign up via the website Click here