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Riding for the Disabled Association NSW

“Tall Timbers” Centre

125 Old Pitt Town Road

BOX HILL  NSW  2765

 

Phone:  02 9679 1246

Fax: 02 9679 0638

Email: talltimbers@rdansw.org.au

Web:  http://talltimbers.rdansw.org.au

Facebook:   www.facebook.com/RDATallTimbers

NDIS Service Provider for Participate Community and Develop Life Skills

 

 

CONTENTS

amaizbu1   Information

amaizbu1   RDA Mission Statement, Vision and Values

*      Fundraising/Donations/Bequests

*      Thank you

*      Wish List

amaizbu1   Volunteers

amaizbu1   History

*      Other interesting items about our Centre - videos & radio interview   

*      Newsletter - The Tall Timbers' Times

 

Information

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) provides horse riding and associated activities for people with disabilities. As well as horse riding our Centre offers carriage driving.   Riders can participate at a therapeutic, recreational or competitive level.  

 

RDA programs cater for people with intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, injuries resulting from accidents, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, Down syndrome, visual and hearing impairments, autism and amputees.

 

RDA (NSW) “Tall Timbers” Centre is situated on 27 acres in Box Hill, approximately 1 hour’s drive north-west of Sydney CBD in NSW.    We operate six days a week providing facilities for approximately 200 people with disabilities per annum who come from hospitals, school, care centres and individually.

 

“Tall Timbers” is staffed by a paid Coach and several volunteer Coaches, together with a paid Administrator, a full-time Horse Manager, a paid Life Skill Program Co-ordinator and casual staff coaches and maintenance person as required.

 

Volunteers assist the riders and lead horses as well as assisting with fundraising and property maintenance.

 

Click here for an information sheet about RDA Tall Timbers Centre

 

 

 

RDA Mission Statement

RDA (NSW) is a charity that provides horse-related activities to enrich the lives of people with disabilities.

 

Vision:

The equestrian organization of choice for people with disabilities in NSW acknowledged as the benchmark in service delivery and standards by its stakeholders.

 

Values:

Person-centred, Inclusive, Enriching, Enabling, Respectful, Fun, Valued

 

 

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Fundraising/Donations

The costs of running and maintaining “Tall Timbers” are financed from donations and fundraising activities and a small government grant.  Donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible.

 

Direct Deposit - You can make a direct deposit to our account RDA NSW Tall Timbers Centre   BSB 032569  Account  155695  (Westpac).  Please let us know your details by phoning or emailing so that we can provide you with a receipt.

 

GiveNow - You can also make a donation through the link below at GiveNow.

 

To make sure your donation comes to RDA Tall Timbers Centre just tick optional information then special message and enter TALL TIMBERS CENTRE in one of the boxes.  Your donation will be processed through RDA (NSW) State Office.

You can make a donation using your credit card at the Give-Now site by clicking this button.  (A processing fee is charged by GiveNow).

 

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Our fundraising activities include catering, Chocolate Drives, Ride-a-thon, raffles, trivia nights, Book Fairs, Bingo and special events.

 

You can also assist us by helping us to care for one of our team of horses.  The cost of keeping a horse is over $750 per annum for their basic feed.  Thank you to all our current horse care donors.  Have a look at our wonderful horses.

 

There are lots of other opportunities to help.

 

 

Bequests

You could also consider providing a bequest – please contact the office for further information or make sure that you specify Riding for the Disabled NSW Tall Timbers Centre.

 

 

Please contact us if you can help in any way

 

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Thank you

Thank you to ADHC, Profield Foundation, The St George Foundation, The Sunshine Foundation, The ING Foundation, Castle Hill Country Club, Fairbridge Foundation, Riverstone Schofields Memorial Club and Australian Security Fencing for their generous support.   Also to the Rotary Club of West Pennant Hills and Cherrybrook who financed our new horse yards and Joan Edwards who donated the funds for the shade cover.  Thank you also to the Australian Government Water Fund for our Community Water Grant and the Department of Sport and Recreation for their assistance in our development.  Thank you to The Primary Club of Australia who generously assisted with the cost of the arena extension. We also received a grant from the Department of Family and Community Services to purchase chairs which have now been used on numerous occasions. Thank you also to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Centrelink for their financial assistance during the Equine Influenza Outbreak. Thank you to Woolworths – in 2009 we received a Fresh Food Kids Grant of $1500 to purchase riding and games equipment for our program.  In 2010 we received $7000 from Woolworths National Office who donated $7000 to the weekday program enabling 7 riders to participate in the program. A special thank you to Year 7 at Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta who continue to support our Centre by holding an annual Walk-a-thon.  The school has supported Tall Timbers Centre for the past seven years which is much appreciated.  Thank you to the Rotary Club of Glenhaven who held a golf day and made a generous donation to the Centre.  We also received a donation from Rotary Club of Dural following their charity golf day.  Thank you to the Rotary Club of Holroyd who hold a Doll and Bear show each year with the proceeds to benefit our Centre.  Thank you also to the Lions Club of Baulkham Hills, Parramatta Probation, Windsor Polo Club, Rural Press, Barker College Castle Hill RSL, Rouse Hill Town Centre and Stanhope Village for their support.

 

Thank you to NSW Government Community Building Partnerships for supporting construction of the Life Skills building.

Thank you to Blacktown Workers Club who have granted $10,000 in 2015, 2016 and 2017 to support our vehicles expenses including registration, insurance and maintenance.

Thank you to The Disabled Children’s Foundation who have donated $2500 toward our veterinary expenses.

 

Thank you also to our current horse sponsors and Friends of our Horse Team:

Mrs Margaret Greig, Joan Edwards, Marc Hardman & Associates, Rotary Club of Granville, Value Plus Animal Health Care Products, Bendigo Bank Galston, The Lions Club of Crestwood, The EAC Charity Club, John and Sandra Wright, Parklea Garden Village Tai Chi Group, International Animal Health Products, Soroptimist Club of the Hills, Renee Smith, Marilyn Wood, Blacktown Town Tavern, a Group of Wednesday Volunteers,  RA Motors Granville, Castle Hill Holden and the Inner Wheel Club of North Sydney.

 

Thank you also to those donors who wish to remain anonymous.  We very much appreciate all the assistance we are given.

 

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Tall Timbers’ Wish List

Thank you to everyone who responded to our wish list.  Every little bit helps us to provide our service.

 

Triangular 4m shade sail to provide some shade in the sensory garden.

Seed raising mix

Mobile phone (unlocked or Virgin) for our Wet Weather Line

Mineral Lick for our horses

Washing powder/liquid for horse rugs

Copy paper (white and coloured)

Postage stamps

Horses 14hh – 15hh (contact us for a horse form)

Aeroguard

Prizes for raffles and Trivia Night

Lawn mower (not ride-on)

Bagless vacuum cleaner

Pressure cleaner

Volunteers – extra hands for the Senses & Fun Program, property maintenance and fundraising

 

 

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Volunteers

 

 

The volunteers at RDA “Tall Timbers” Centre have an important and responsible job; without them the Centre would not function.  They are an integral part of the smooth running of the riding program.  The roles that helpers play are many and varied, and age, race or disability is no bar for someone who wishes to help.  Horse and medical knowledge are not essential.  Two and sometimes three volunteers are needed to either lead or act as sidewalkers during the riding lesson.  For this reason the program relies heavily upon many volunteers each day of the week. 

 

Volunteers are also needed to assist with administration, fundraising and promotion.  They assist at events such as the Castle Hill Show Catering, Model Railways Exhibitions, Windsor Polo Matches and special events.

 

If they wish volunteers can also go on to train to become Assistant Coaches or RDA Coaches.

 

 

 

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History of “Tall Timbers”

The "Tall Timbers" Centre was founded in 1972 by Mrs Pearl Batchelor, OAM, and was operated at her riding school in West Pennant Hills.  The first group of children to start riding were from Northcott Society and Crowle Home.

 

In 1976, due to impending development, 5 acres with a cottage (which was occupied by the first Coach/Horse Manager), with horse yards, was purchased in Kellyville in North West Sydney.  Shortly after arriving in Kellyville, "Tall Timbers" began leasing the 25 acres backing on to the property, from the Government.

 

Over the years a further 10 acres was purchased and an amenities block, indoor arena and stable block were added to the already existing yards and outdoor arena.  This made a total of 15 acres owned by RDA NSW and 25 acres leased.

 

At the end of 1999, once again "Tall Timbers" moved and again this was due to the major development taking place in Kellyville.  This time it was to Box Hill where it is hoped that RDA will be able to settle for many, many years and that suburbia will not once again push the Centre further out!  The Centre is owned by RDA NSW and maintained by “Tall Timbers”.

 

The improved facilities were officially opened on 26th April 2008 by Sonya Phillips, Mayor of Baulkham Hills Shire Council. In 2010 we celebrated ten years of RDA Tall Timbers at its location at Box Hill.

 

During the years that "Tall Timbers" has been operating riders have attended from schools, hospitals, institutions, and adult day-care Centres from Lidcombe, Manly, St Ives, Chatswood, Wahroonga, Merrylands, Holroyd, North Rocks, Ryde, Carlingford, Whalan, Riverstone, Westmead, Marsfield, Northmead, Parramatta, Concord, Blacktown, Baulkham Hills, Windsor, Kellyville, Rooty Hill, Castle Hill, Richmond and Greystanes.

 

Click here to see the History of RDA Tall Timbers Centre

 

 

 

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General Information

Our policies and procedures are available at the office for your perusal and input.

At any time suggestions can be placed in our suggestion box.

 

Standards in Action

You can view the practice guidelines for services funded under the Disability Services Act.

 

Other interesting items about our Centre


Click here to see a segment filmed at our Centre for the Kerri-Anne Show.

 

Listen to an interview by Gordon Allen of 2CCR FM 90.5 with Nicole King, Staff Coach of Riding for the Disabled Assoc NSW Tall Timbers Centre. There's lots of information about the Centre and you can watch the slideshow as you listen.  Click here to listen to the Interview

 

Click here to see a promotional video filmed at our Centre.

 

Thank you to all our supporters on YouTube   http://youtu.be/MOBftl5m72c

 

 

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Current Newsletter

Click here to download our latest Newsletter as a PDF file.  There are great stories about what is happening at our Centre.

 

The Tall Timbers' Times March 2017 Edition

 

 

 

Older Editions of The Tall Timbers’ Times

 

The Tall Timbers' Times March 2009 Edition

The Tall Timbers' Times August 2009 Edition

The Tall Timbers' Times November 2009 Edition

The Tall Timbers' Times March 2010 Edition

The Tall Timbers Times August 2010 Edition 

The Tall Timbers' Times November 2010 Edition

The Tall Timbers' Times March 2011 Edition

The Tall Timbers' Times August 2011 edition

The Tall Timbers' Times November 2011 edition

The Tall Timbers' Times March 2012 Edition

The Tall Timbers' Times August 2012 edition

The Tall Timbers' Times November 2012 edition

The Tall Timbers' Times March 2013 Edition

The Tall Timbers' Times August 2013 edition

The Tall Timbers' Times November 2013 Edition

The Tall Timbers' Times March 2014 Edition

The Tall Timbers' Times August 2014 Edition

The Tall Timbers' Times November 2014 Edition

The Tall Timbers' Times March 2015 Edition

The Tall Timbers' Times August 2015 Edition

The Tall Timbers' Times November 2015 Edition

The Tall Timbers' Times March 2016 Edition

The Tall Timbers' Times August 2016 Edition

The Tall Timbers' Times November 2016 Edition

 

 

Last revised March 2017

By Kerry Souter, Administrator

RDA “Tall Timbers” Centre

 

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