Volunteering

Our fabulous army of volunteers enable us to make the most of the money which is donated to help the ponies. We have over 100 volunteers and we still need more! Could you spare some time? We need people to help with the following:

  1. Stable/yard work
  2. Manning our visitor centre, running tours & helping visitors
  3. Helping with group visits
  4. Gardening
  5. Helping at fetes and fairs

If you can help, please complete our Volunteer Registration Form and submit it to us. Once we have your form we’ll get in touch with you about the role(s) you’re interested in and organise an induction. There are separate forms if you’re enquiring about Work Experience or Duke of Edinburgh volunteering.

Please use the correct form, as we need different information about what you wish to do.

Volunteer Registration Form

Work Experience Volunteering Form 

Yard work ONLY Volunteering form

Note: that all D of E spaces are currently full until June/July 2017

Duke of Edinburgh volunteering Form 

Please note that for stable/yard volunteering we usually need you to be able to commit to at least half a day a week. For all other roles you can volunteer as little or as often as you like.

Yard volunteers are vital to the daily welfare of the animals. Much of the work involves preparing haynets, mucking out and clearing fields. If you’re already experienced with horses/ponies, then you’ll also help with grooming, turning out/bringing in etc. Horses and ponies can be unpredictable, so if you don’t have previous experience, volunteering here will give you the chance to get to know the animals and how they behave/react. When the yard isn’t busy our yard team will supervise you grooming etc, so you can gain this experience. Whatever you do when volunteering at Hope Pastures is essential work for the welfare of the animals.

Please think carefully about which roles will suit you – we train everyone for each role, so it’s really important to us that you find your volunteering time with us interesting and want to keep coming back……helping us in the long term means you really will make a difference.

Community Action Days

Maintaining the sanctuary is like painting the Forth Road Bridge – it never stops! We’re a really small team who have to concentrate on looking after the ponies, so we always need volunteers to help us with the regular maintenance jobs around the sanctuary, such as painting, fence repair, clearing and gardening.

On the last Saturday of each month (Feb-Oct inclusive) we get a team together and tackle some of our major jobs. We even ply you with refreshments. 10am-2pm (or as long as you can manage!) To find out more contact office@hopepastures.org, complete our Volunteer Registration Form or just call in.

Corporate volunteering

Maintaining the sanctuary is like painting the Forth Road bridge – it never stops; so we always have a range of tasks where groups of corporate volunteers can help. These include fence and shelter painting, gardening, barn and site clearance and fence repair. We organise days for groups from 2 people up to 30 or more (we have lots of jobs!) We even ply you with tea and coffee! Feedback from all of our groups shows they find the day very rewarding.

The work done by these teams usually covers a range of large jobs which we’d normally have to pay someone to do, so their contribution is enormous. They directly enable us to make sure that 98p of every £1 donated is spent on our ‘charitable purpose’ and not on maintenance.

For more information contact kim@hopepastures.org.