Project information

Cavalier Centre

The Cavalier Centre will be the home of Perry RDA and first designated Riding for the Disabled Centre in Shropshire. We have started the build of this exciting project and we need your support to help us be operational by summer 2018. Your donation will go towards the changing places toilet.

January 2018 - June 2018

Charity information: Perry Rda Limited

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  • Need


    Perry Group has a waiting list of participants, currently has 280 sessions cancelled annually due to bad weather resulting in 1,120 disappointed riders, drivers or vaulters. We are unable to carriage drive from home premises due to the very busy roads. Our current toilets are very basic with no changing facilities and are not at all suitable for our participants. This makes it really difficult for the participants and parents & carers which can cause unnecessary stress.


    The Indoor facilities will allow us to run activities all year round meaning no more cancelled sessions from bad weather. The carriage driving track will allow us to drive off road in a safe environment. The Changing Places toilets are specifically designed for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well people with other physical disabilities such as spinal injuries often need extra equipment and space to allow them to use the toilets safely and comfortably.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide indoor facilities to offer all year-round activities.


    » The centre will include a 70x 30cm indoor arena to accommodate all activities including carriage driving when needed.
    » Accessible classrooms and educational programmes working with care plans catering to individual needs to include ASDAN educational programmes.

    What success will look like

    Our target number of participants is 190 regular users per week, plus 25 hours additional activities from external organisations.

    Aim 2

    High quality tuition for riders of all abilities and levels.


    » Programme of training and qualification for instructors and volunteers, opportunities for developing employability skills for people with disabilities
    » Centre coaches will be taking UK Coaching Certificate Levels 1,2 and 3, BHS exams & RDA qualifications.
    » Holding clinics and seminars with national and international coaches in para sports.

    What success will look like

    That our coaches are well qualified and there is continual structured professional development.

    Aim 3

    A centre where disabled adults and children can socialise and feel valued.


    » Sessions structured into individual groups to keep consistent participants, volunteers and coaches.
    » Group activities to allow individuals to socialise and make new friends in a friendly and calm environment.

    What success will look like

    That we establish close working relationships with four more centres and colleges through the first year of operating.

    Aim 4

    Toilet facilities that meet all our participants needs in safe environment


    » Installing a purpose built changing Places Toilet.

    What success will look like

    Our parents, carers & participants agree that the facility provides a safe and dignified environment

    Aim 5

    5. Opportunities for volunteering and developing employability skills for people with disabilities.


    » Opportunities for developing employability skills for people with disabilities.
    » Training through daily horse management duties and structure qualifications (ASDAN).

    What success will look like

    Our target it to have 2 members of the team with learning disabilities at any one time. Successful completion of the ASDAN qualifications

  • Impact


    Through involvement with the project there will be reduced isolation and improved involvement in the community. The programmes delivered by this project will improve physical and mental health in the region. There will be a stronger community involvement locally, where currently there is poor provision for people with disabilities and little leisure or sporting activities. Close link to the Olympian society, with a Paralympic element being introduced solely due to the existence of the Centre.


    The main risk to the project is not being able to secure all the funding to complete the full build. We have mitigated this by phasing the build and we will only start the indoor facility once all funds are secured. This centre needs to be self-funding once built and there is a risk around demand to sustain the centre. To mitigate this, we will have a strong management team to market the centre and build strong relationship with our key stakeholders, schools, support groups etc.


    We have a very active facebook and twitter page. We also send out a monthly newsletter to key supporter and donors. Once the centre is built we will be holding regular open days. The Trustee board is making huge changes to the way in which the governance of the group is controlled.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Changing Places Toliet Equipment & Installation
  • Background


    The new centre in Much Wenlock is well situated 15 mins to Telford, 25mins to Shrewsbury and 45mins to Wolverhampton. We estimate total population (Shropshire & West Midlands) to be 1 million and potential disabled participants 117,000 ( 0-15yrs 6%, 16-64 16% Wenlock is the birthplace of Dr Brookes the inspiration for the modern Olympic Movement and founder of the Wenlock Olympian Society. The Games are held every year and they would like to introduce para sports at the centre.


    Families, carers and individuals with special needs will benefit in different ways from a purpose-built centre where they can meet, ride, drive, vault or work with and around horses whatever the weather. Participants with physical difficulties will benefit from the way in which the offices, storage facilities, changing areas, toilets and arenas will be laid out. Wounded veterans will benefit from training programmes catering for individual needs. Over 190 individuals per week will benefit.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have successfully run the Perry RDA for over 23 years which has grown from 2 riding sessions per week to 60 regular participants in riding, driving, vaulting & hippotherapy. We are the only RDA group in the West Midlands to offer Hippotherapy and Vaulting with participants travelling from as far as Yorkshire to access these activities. Our coaches are renowned across the UK. Our board of trustees have a wealth or experience in Management, Law, Engineering and Disability/Equestrian activities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jane Barker

    Current Group Organiser, RDA Fellow, International Coach and Examiner, UK Coaching Certificate Level 3. Leading fundraising & operations

    Colin Rothwell

    Expertise is supply chain and operational management. Leading Governance & Risk Management

    Trevor Benyon

    Retired Chief Engineer for Müller UK based in Market Drayton. Leading the design & build of centre

    Danny Budd

    BA Management student, University of Leeds. Completed an Industrial placement at Unilever, Supply Chain. Leading strategic planning.