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The Sanders Watney Trust is the charitable arm of the British Driving Society. The main objective of the trust is to help disabled persons follow their goal of carriage driving. Financial assistance may be given to RDA affiliated Carriage Driving Groups for the Disabled in the form of gifts or interest free loans to help towards the purchase of carriages, harness, driving holidays or training seminars.
Carriage Driving Groups
Disabled driving groups are available all round the United Kingdom that provide a fulfilling and exhilarating experience for carriage drivers with disabilities with the opportunity to learn new skills for people of all ages and abilities of a restrictive nature. These include physical handicaps, visual impairment, hearing impairment and learning difficulties. The Groups are run by an army of volunteers to facilitate everything necessary for a disabled carriage driver. Purpose made carriages to accommodate wheelchairs for specially trained RDA approved horses and ponies are some of the equipment adapted for disabled drivers that the Sanders Watney Trust supports with it's financial assistance.
Driving has been an important part of RDA since 1975 and there are now almost 70 Groups involved. By taking up driving in RDA you will be joining in with over 1000 other drivers! Carriage Driving is where a horse or pony is hitched to a wheeled carriage and driven around a course and you are the driver! Driving is a wonderful opportunity to make new friends, be out in the open air and have great fun at the same time.
RDA Carriage Driving is particularly useful if you can no longer ride due to disability or if you prefer a different kind of challenge to riding. Carriage Driving can range from a relaxing drive through the rolling countryside to exciting competitions where your ability to make quick decisions and having the confidence to control a fast moving carriage are put to the test.
If you are a confident driver and would like to compete there is opportunity for competition in RDA as well as British Carriagedriving (BC) and British Driving Society (BDS) shows. Some drivers progress outside of RDA and attend training days and compete internationally. As well as the fun of driving you can also benefit from fantastic therapy benefits of improved coordination, improved muscle power and improved balance, many of which are the same benefits as you would get from riding.
The Sanders Watney Trust runs two scholarships annually to fund training and tests for one disabled driver and one RDA carriage driving coach. They are open to any member of an RDA affiliated disabled carriage driving group who is also a member of the British Driving Society. Further details on all the above are available from the Sanders Watney Trust.
Since the The Sanders Watney Trust was established in 1986, the charity has made grants totalling over £160,000 for the benefit of the RDA carriage driving community.
The Sanders Watney Trust provides training grants to support workshops for improving the skills of disabled carriage drivers. The Trust also gives training grants to RDA carriage driving coaches whose presence in the carriage is vital to ensure the safety of the disabled drivers.
Carriage Driving Holidays
The Sanders Watney Trust often makes contributions to the cost of driving holidays for disabled carriage drivers organised by disabled driving groups. For some, these holidays are the only opportunity they have to experience carriage driving in different areas. The holidays enhance their driving skills, allow them to make new friends and have lots of fun in the process.
REGIONAL RDA DRIVING GROUPS
RDA South West Region
Covering Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset
Covering Gloucestershire, North Somerset & Bristol, Wiltshire
Covering Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire
Covering Kent, Surrey, East Sussex, West Sussex
Covering North, Central, South East & South West London
Covering Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire
Covering Derbyshire, Leicesteshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire
Covering Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk
Covering Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside
RDA North East & South Yorkshire Region
Covering East Yorkshire & Ryedale, South Yorkshire
RDA Yorkshire & Cleveland Region
Covering Cleveland, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire
Covering Cumbria, Durham, Tyne & Wear, Northumberland
RDA Edinburgh & Borders Region
Covering Borders, Dumfries & Galloway, Edinburgh & Lothian, Fife
RDA West & Central Scotland Region
Covering Argyll, Ayr, Central Scotland, Perth, West Central Scotland
RDA Grampian & Highland Region
Covering Grampian, Highlands & Tayside
Covering Dyfed, Glamorgan, Gwent
Covering North Eastern & North Western Counties
Covering Belfast & Co Down and North & West Northern Ireland