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Housing association donates funds to disabled riding school

We have donated money to Malvern Hill’s Riding for the Disabled Group – part of Riding for the Disabled Association – in celebration of the Rainbow Laces initiative.

Rainbow Laces is organised by campaigning and lobbying charity Stonewall which supports lesbian, gay, bi and trans people; the initiative aims to make sport more inclusive.

Tom Piotrowski, our Diversity and Inclusion Advisor explained : “The Rainbow Laces initiative – which encourages recognition of the LGBTQ+ community within the sporting world – presented us with a perfect opportunity to raise funds for a local riding school.  We chose Malvern Hills RDA because the LGBTQ+ network believes it is important to show support for another strand of diversity.”

Deborah Binns, Secretary and Trustee at Malvern Hills RDA said : “The money raised will enable Malvern Hills Group RDA - which is run solely by volunteers - to continue creating an effective environment for self-expression and learning for the children who come to us as part of their school day . We work in partnership with teachers and other support staff to ensure a child’s education and developmental goals are incorporated into the fun and skill of riding a horse.

“Teachers feedback show that they notice benefits back in the classroom, including greater focus, self-confidence, self-esteem and greater social skills.”

The Malvern Hills Branch of the Riding for the Disabled Association was set up to work mainly with people with physical disabilities, as well as across the spectrum of other disabilities, age range, social status and urban and rural environments. The focus of its work is to ensure that each individual has the chance to derive a direct therapeutic benefit and gives them the opportunity to learn new skills, develop self-confidence and generally add a new element to life.

Tom concluded : “This was the first time we have supported the initiative and we believe supporting charities local to our customers’ communities helps raise awareness and support for multiple strands of diversity.”

We are one of 700 UK Stonewall Diversity Champions and have been a member since 2014.

Our Diversity Champions programme focuses on LGBT, religion and belief, disabilities and lifelong conditions like autism, ethnic minorities and other diversity strands.  Currently 14 of our employees volunteer within an area of interest and tenants are also encouraged to take part also.