Rescuing and re-homing equines since 1974

Volunteering

THE GIFT OF YOUR TIME

Our fabulous army of volunteers enable us to care for all of our rescued horses and ponies as well as help raise essential funds.  Join us as a volunteer and you’ll make a valuable contribution to our work and know you’re making a big difference to the lives of equines in need.  For most volunteer roles you don’t need horse experience as we have many areas in which you can help and we are always happy to introduce volunteers to handling and caring for our equines if they wish to learn more. Full training in all aspects of volunteering will be provided.  If you are 18 or over, please get in touch by completing the registration form below.  We need help with:

  • STABLE AND YARD WORK

You’ll help with the day to day work to care for our animals, making haynets, mucking out and clearing our fields.

  • RUNNING OUR VISITOR CENTRE

Our Visitor Centre serves refreshments on weekends to visitors to Hope Pastures.  You’ll sell a range of gift items and help visitors with information about our animals and events we are running.  Full training on our till will be given.

  • HELP WITH CHILDRENS’ PARTIES

Our popular birthday parties for children last approximately two hours and take place at weekends.

  • HELP WITH PONY DAYS

During school holidays we run midweek Pony Days between 10am and 3pm

  • HELP WITH OUR TACK SALES

We receive many donations of used tack and rugs which is sold at our Tack Sales to raise much needed funds to help with feed, bedding and veterinary costs. Help is needed to sort, price and store donations and assist at our regular tack sales.

  • HELPING AT FAYRES AND FETES

We hold several large events a year and help is always welcome before, during and after these events.  We also need help to publicise all of our fayres and fetes with leafleting and advertising our events.  We also need volunteers to assist at external community events such as schools and shopping centres.

  • OFFICE WORK

Help is always required in our office, answering calls, paperwork and other administration work.

  • GARDENING AND SITE MAINTENANCE

Helping to keep our visitor areas clean and tidy.

  • CORPORATE VOLUNTEERING

Maintaining the sanctuary is rather 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 15 and we even ply you with tea and coffee!  The work done by these teams covers a wide range of jobs that we’d normally have to pay someone else to do so their contribution is enormous and  helps us to make sure that 98p of every £1 donated is spent on our ‘charitable purpose’ and not on maintenance.

For more information contact [email protected]



Does volunteering with Hope Pastures sounds like something you’d love to do with your spare time? Then fill in the  Volunteer Registration Form and submit it. We’ll be in touch by email so keep an eye on your inbox. 



VOLUNTEERING FORM