Our Summer Campaign, which runs from May to July, is focussing on raising awareness of Riding Therapy. Find out what makes riding such a great therapeutic activity.
Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy (specialist physiotherapy on horseback) provide multiple life-changing physical, learning, behavioural and social benefits to riders thanks to the movement, warmth and rhythm of the horse. Our Riders are people with a wide range of disabilities and life-affecting conditions, both physical and mental. Our core activities use the three-dimensional movements of a horse to achieve specific therapeutic outcomes. Specially trained physiotherapists use selected horses as mobile therapeutic treatment tools.
Did you know?
Horses have a 3-dimensional movement and some studies have concluded that sitting on a walking horse replicates the movement of a normal walking pattern in the Rider’s pelvis by 97%. The movement of the horse also generates responses in the Rider that are similar to, and essential for, walking.
A world-wide community
There are over 500-member groups of Riding for the Disabled Association in the UK alone. Wider afield, groups operate under the umbrella organisation of Federation of Riding for the Disabled International, and there are many groups offering riding therapy through different organisations in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. All these groups of people share a common belief that equine assisted therapy can improve lives in lots of ways.
What makes MRT special?
We are at the forefront of riding therapy in the UK. MRT’s ethos is based on team work; by working together, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, education professionals and our specially trained Volunteers and Ponies we are able to offer Riders the best therapeutic benefit.
Meet our Physios
Our physiotherapists provide specialist child and adult services, and support the training of our volunteer Coaching Team. In 2009, MRT Group physiotherapist Heather Falconer, piloted a successful service between NHS Lothian and MRT. This pioneering partnership became the Therapeutic Riding Service, part of NHS Lothian’s Children’s Physiotherapy Service.
Muirfield Riding Therapy is delighted to share the news that our long-time volunteer and Chair, Susan Law, has received the award of MBE from Her Majesty The Queen for her outstanding services to Riding for the Disabled.
Susan is well known for her work with Muirfield Riding Therapy, having volunteered for the organisation for 22 years, 19 of which have been as Chair, and is widely respected across East Lothian for her service to people with disability.
The New Year Honours lists 2018 recognise the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the UK.
Susan comments, “I am obviously delighted to be given this honour but would like to be quite clear that this is an honour for Muirfield Riding Therapy, its volunteers, its riders, families and carers, and all those that support the charity. I don’t feel that it is right to single out one person of what is an amazing team of people and see this as an honour for our team.
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me all these years in so many ways. My family and friends have been behind me throughout. I feel deeply privileged to have had the opportunity to work with amazing people who have inspired me. By honouring one of us we honour the whole team”
Founder of the Charity, Gill Morrison said, “Since handing the “reins” over to Susan 19 years ago I have seen MRT grow steadily into the tremendously strong charity it is today, a much-respected member of the Riding for the Disabled Association. It is due to Susan’s tireless energy and strong leadership that MRT now has over two hundred riders on its books. I am delighted that Susan is being rewarded so fittingly for all her hard work and dedication to MRT.”
Current Trustee of the Charity, Lorna MacEwen added, “Susan has excelled as Chair of MRT. Under her leadership we have grown to a service which provides weekly riding therapy sessions in a state of the art indoor arena. Riding therapy is free to riders and Susan works tirelessly to lead and encourage fundraising to meet our costs of around £90,000 a year. Under Susan’s leadership, MRT has become a focal point for the sharing of ideas and best practice in the field of riding therapy. She has been not only an outstanding leader of this local charity, increasing its reach and service, but has also contributed to and influenced the development of riding therapy more widely. That she has achieved so much while also working in her hotel is amazing!”
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Muirfield Riding Therapy (MRT) has an exciting opportunity for a talented fundraiser to join its dedicated team of trained volunteers. MRT is a charity that offers riding therapy free of charge to children and adults of all ages with various disabilities in a safe and stimulating environment.
As Fundraising Manager you will play a critical part in our on-going success and our ability to provide our vital services.
Your focus will on be identifying and delivering new fundraising opportunities, whilst developing long lasting relationships with donors and volunteers. We are looking for someone with a passion for fundraising and the creative flair necessary to maximise supporter involvement.
You will be responsible for working towards personal income targets as well as maintaining high quality fundraising by keeping yourself updated with developments in the wider sector.
To be successful in this role you will need previous experience of fundraising in the charity or NFP sector, with a track record of meeting income targets and generating new revenue streams. Experience of generating income through trusts, grants and/or legacies will also be preferable. You must have excellent communication skills and be able to engage and inspire groups of volunteers.
How to apply
Write to Susan Law ([email protected]) by 1st December, enclosing your CV and a brief personal statement highlighting the skills and abilities you would bring to this role.
Contract: 1-year fixed term part-time contract – with potential to extend.
Hours: 25 hours per week.
Flexible Working: Home working and term-time working options are available.
Salary: £20,000 – £25,000 per annum (pro rata).
Location: Gullane, with potential for homeworking.
Closing Date: 12 noon, Friday 1st December
Interviews: 6th December