A RIDING centre for disabled children has won an award for volunteering for a second time.
Clwyd Special Riding Centre in Llanfynydd has been awarded the Volunteering Award by the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) which is designed to recognise outstanding voluntary organisations.
Eve Tilston, volunteer co-ordinator for the centre, received the award on behalf of the trustees, presented by the High Sheriff of Clwyd Celia Jenkins, and a representative from WCVA.
Mrs Tilston said: “We have received the award once before but they like to come to reassess how we are performing and to check we are still doing a good job.
“We feel very proud as an organisation to be receiving this award.”
The Dyffryn Ceiriog Group, Wrexham Group, and the Hope Mountain Group use the centre on a weekly basis to provide disabled people with the opportunity to ride for the benefit of their health and wellbeing.
The centre is part of the Riding for the Disabled Association, a national organisation run by over 15,000 volunteers.
Cllr Hilary Isherwood, who attended the event, praised the “wonderful work” being done at the centre.
“I love the place, it has such a warm atmosphere and I was immensely proud to be invited to see them winning this award for a second time.
“It is a fantastic organisation and the volunteers are absolutely fantastic.
“They give their time and energy to make this a unique facility.”
Volunteers were joined by three Gamesmakers from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, who gave a talk on their work during London 2012 and spoke about the benefits of volunteering.
Mrs Isherwood added: “It was wonderful for the Gamesmakers to be able to come to see the centre and fantastic to hear their stories from London 2012.
“It really is an amazing centre and they are always on the lookout for new volunteers.
“This is a charity and they do ever so well with what they’ve got, but I know they are always looking for companies out there who would be willing to help with sponsorship.”