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Powell River Therapeutic Riding Association

Powell River Therapeutic Riding Association

The Powell River Therapeutic Riding Association was founded as a non-profit society in 1992. Our primary objective is to provide therapy on horseback to children and adults with physical, mental, psychological, social and learning disabilities. The motivating belief is that therapy through horseback riding is one of the more progressive forms of therapy, offering empowerment and inspiring self-confidence, a sense of responsibility and teamwork.

Most importantly, riding is a FUN way to receive therapy!

Keywords: Sports and Recreation , Disabled , Animals



Powell River Therapeutic Riding Association
4356 Myrtle Road, Powell River, BC V8A4Z2

Powell River Therapeutic Riding Association url http://www.prtherapeuticriding.com/

Powell River Therapeutic Riding Association Phone Number 604-485-0177

Powell River Therapeutic Riding Association Email address volunteer@shawbiz.ca



Volunteer Information for Powell River Therapeutic Riding Association

What services does your organization provide?
We provide equine therapy to approximately 60 members of our community from pre-school age through to adults. This therapy is provided either free at at less than 1/3 of the actual cost so that everyone has equal access on a monetary basis. There are two physical therapists who monitor and work with the children, they are also responsible for choosing the participants. We also provide volunteer opportunities to over 75 members of the community.


Do you have any age requirements?
CANtra (Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association) dictates that volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.


Do you require language proficiency other than in English?
No, we currently do not require any language other than English spoken.


What time commitment(s) are you expecting from a volunteer?
Each class is 45 minutes in length and we ask that our volunteers do at least one class per week.


Are there any other requirements for being a volunteer?
We require a Vulnerable Persons Criminal Records Check which is available here in town and the cost of $21.50 can be reimbursed.


Are there any specific skills and experience required?
No, we provide full extensive training on site. We encourage volunteers with a different skills to join us in other areas where we could use help and support such as on our Board of Directors, Fundraising Committee, Strategic Planning sessions and so on.


What type of volunteer positions are typically available?
Most of our available positions are working directly with the riders and horses in our classes. Volunteers begin as Side Walkers, walking with the rider beside the horse, if interested, volunteers can sign up for Horse Handling training which is done several times a year in a group on site. Then they are responsible for leading the horse during classes. Volunteers are welcome to learn to Groom and Tack the horses and perform that duty. We also have spots available on our Board of Directors which then provides opportunities to work on special committees like fundraising, strategic planning and special events. We encourage open communication with our volunteers, if they have suggestions or ideas, we want to hear them to see if it's something we can go forward with.


Do you provide training for volunteers?
Yes, we provide full extensive training on site. We have a detailed handbook for the volunteers and the volunteer coordinator trains each volunteer on a one-on-one basis or during one of our group training sessions.


What are the typical volunteer activities occurring at your organization?
Working with the riders directly during classes. Board of Directors, different committees, monthly bingo (off site), raffles, silent auctions and other special events.


How will a person benefit from volunteering with Powell River Therapeutic Riding Association?
We say that we guarantee fresh air, exercise and big smiles for only 45 min. a week! There are so many benefits to volunteering and each person will take different benefits from the experience.


Do you accept high school students?
Yes we do, I work with the students on a one-to-one basis so that they can fulfill volunteer service hours. We also work with volunteers who are fulfilling practicum requirements, entry into post-secondary program requirements, Canada World Youth, English Language schools, Missionaries and others.




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