" A Journey of a Thousand Miles begins with a Single Step"
A HAPPY PLACE FOR HEALING
For disadvantaged or disabled youth being able to experience the free movement of horses and humans in a holistic, peaceful setting is empowering. The calming interaction with the horse affects other areas of their lives, making the students self-aware, present and hopeful for the future.
RDA Alice Springs is a busy and personalised Centre providing horse riding and horse husbandry for riders with disability, disadvantaged and
We are situated in the far left corner of Blatherskite Park Len Kittle Drive.
Want to Volunteer?
WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS . ANY AND ALL WOULD BE WELCOME. Jobs include: side walking, lessons and feeding horses.
Wednesday between 8.30 and 2.30
Please contact us at:
thanks to our sponsors
Thanks to Zilco our riders are kept safe wearing Zilco Supatop pony club helmets
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
RDA AS aims to promote social and emotional wellbeing through strengthening pathways to care and support young people at risk. Our new programs in development and our existing programs offer a unique approach to helping people with mental, physical, emotional, social and learning disabilities or disadvantages. There is clear evidence that the RDA AS is creating significant shifts in community inclusion, access and quality of life by utilising individualised, best-practice methods and techniques designed to promote the highest possible level of independence.
RDA AS provides a structure and model that can support people to further these changes and create future of opportunity, where their ability can be celebrated. These programs aim to break negative habits and behavioural cycles by helping ‘at risk’ young people critically evaluate their experiences in school and in the community, and help them set a positive course that supports their life goals .We focus on young people experiencing risk indicators that are linked to future homelessness, poor health outcomes, and involvement in the child safety and youth justice systems. We consider these young people to be most at risk and in need of support. ‘At risk’ or ‘vulnerable’ young people are young people who need services the most due to multiple factors including:
· the cumulative effects of not learning or leaving school without qualifications
· homelessness or the risk of homelessness
· being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background
· living with disabilities
· social and geographic isolation
· affected by physical, mental, emotional ill-health
· affected by regular substance misuse
· subject to child protection and/or youth justice orders
While the benefits of therapeutic services such as RDA AS have been medically documented, statistics alone cannot fully describe the value of this service to the community.
The program is characterised by relationships that are at their core supporting the whole person in increasing their self-esteem and developing skills that will enable them to make positive choices.
To put it simply; the RDA program works and the benefits are ongoing.