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Tamah, Volunteer at Central Otago Group RDA

Tamah Carson is balancing her working life as a Constable for the NZ Police with her volunteering duties at the Central Otago Group Riding for the Disabled.
 
Originally from Oamaru, Tamah had grown up around horses, owning her own horses as a schoolgirl.  She had been aware of Riding for the Disabled’s work in the community, and was keen to volunteer at a local RDA Group.
 
Working for the NZ Police in South Auckland for five years, Tamah opted for a change in lifestyle when she chose to move to the South Island in 2013. Along with her husband Matt, a Sergeant in the NZ Police, she settled into a lifestyle block near Alexandra and continued her police work.
 
A chance conversation with her new neighbour, who happened to volunteer at the Central Otago Group RDA, led Tamah to herself volunteer for the organisation.  In this role she would lead and sidewalk the Horses for the Therapeutic Riding Sessions each Thursday, as well as assist with horse care during the week.
 
Tamah remembers being impressed the first time she visited the Group in Alexandra.
 
“I called in during work time on a beautifully sunny day, and I was immediately impressed with the facilities, the variety of Horses for riding and the overall setup.
 
The people there were very friendly and welcoming, and made the Group an inviting place to be part of”.
 
Earlier this year Tamah transitioned from her general Police duties to becoming the region’s new youth aid officer, a prevention based-role where she would be working with young people and those who had offended or needed extra help – a role which she says complemented her work at RDA well.
 
“It’s great to interact with children in such a positive way – not just in police work where sometimes I witness the negative side of youth behaviour.
 
It is incredibly rewarding to work with the children at the RDA Group, to see them outside of their comfort zone and making such great progress during their riding sessions.”
 
Tamah also enjoys the interaction with the horses and has formed a special bond with one of the RDA Horses, Honey, which takes her back to her own childhood when she also had a horse named Honey.  
 
"It's great to be around Horses again, especially ones that help change the lives of their Riders.”

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