Volunteering is an excellent way to develop skills, make friends and give something back to the community. Offering up your time to help others shows real commitment and dedication.

Super-volunteer Matthew Dalley, supported by us in Derby, recently had his work in this field recognised by winning the Derbyshire Telegraph Volunteer of the Year Award 2016. What a fantastic achievement!

Matthew is a talented para-equestrian rider and volunteers for his club, Scropton Riding for the Disabled, as well as the North Midlands region and RDA UK. Among other things, the 22-year-old organises activities, stewards, runs social media channels and appears on local radio to share his experiences and encourage others to follow in his footsteps.

He has a congenital brain condition, autism, ADHD and is a profoundly deaf sign language user – with an ever-positive ‘can do’ attitude.

"An inspiration to us all" 

“Volunteering and my involvement with RDA is really important to me,” says Matthew. “It is great to be valued for what I do.” Service manager Hayley Lewis adds: “Matthew is an inspiration to us all – he shows us that no matter what barrier there may be – you can always achieve it if you work hard!”