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YELA is a new and exciting award that has been developed by Riding for the Disabled (RDA) for the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) in consultation with many of its Member Bodies to increase and encourage the number of young people volunteering in the Equestrian industry.
The award is open to all young people between the ages of 13 and 25. They must fully complete an application form and send it back to head office and their log book will be issued to them. No hours may be back dated. Hours may be counted from volunteering with any BEF Member Body.
The award runs over three progressive levels that must be taken in turn: 20 hours for Bronze, Silver requires an additional 40 hours of volunteering plus having achieved the Bronze Award. The Gold Award requires 60 hours on top of achieving the Silver level.
To complete the Bronze award you must complete 20 hours of volunteering with at least one BEF member body (evidenced in your Bronze award log book). Once completed you will be asked to submit answers to the Bronze level questions, these are questions about your volunteering experience. The questions will reflect the places and activities during your volunteering experience. The Silver award requires that you volunteer with at least two BEF Member Bodies, the Gold requires hours for three Member Bodies.
The YELA website can be found here.