Volunteering with SESDG
Volunteering is a great way to watch others competing, get a feel of how dressage competitions run and what makes a good dressage test. It's also a great way to meet new people and make friends, while giving something back to your local area and sport. You don't need to have any experience to help - just a warm smile and enthusiasm - we will show you the rest!
There are many ways you can volunteer; by stewarding the warm up arena to make sure competitors go in on time and give them some friendly encouragement, help add up the competitor score sheets or write for the judge.
If you volunteer to write for a judge – when you note down a judge’s comments on the dressage sheet as it is being ridden – you will get an even better insight which can help your own performance by getting a greater understanding for what the judge is looking for. British Dressage have made a great page on learning more about writing - see here for details
Personal Development & Well Being
Volunteering can be a great way to build confidence and skills, here are some of the personal benefits;
Gain confidence. Volunteering can help you gain confidence by giving you the chance to try something new and build a real sense of achievement.
Make a difference. Volunteering can have a real and valuable positive affect on people, communities and society in general.
Meet people.Volunteering can help you meet different kinds of people and make new friends.
Be part of a community. Volunteering can help you feel part of something outside your friends and family.
Learn new skills. Volunteering can help you learn new skills, gain experience and sometimes even qualifications.
Take on a challenge. Through volunteering you can challenge yourself to try something different, achieve personal goals, practice using your skills and discover hidden talents.
Have fun! Most volunteers have a great time, regardless of why they do it.
What's more... Volunteers are rewarded with drinks, cakes and meals!
To find out more about how you can help at SESDG, speak to Gemma our Volunteer Coordinator who will be happy to help.