What age do I need to be?

For health and safety reasons we are unable to accept volunteers under 16 years of age as yard volunteers. If you are under 18, your parent or guardian must give permission for you to volunteer and you must be supervised by an adult and not left alone. We cannot always provide supervision so this may restrict the number of volunteering opportunities available for under 18s. There is no maximum age as long as you can make a useful and safe contribution, the activity is suitable for your age and won’t harm you in any way.

How much time do I need to give?

In general there is no minimum time you must give but for some roles such as Yard Volunteers we request a minimum commitment e.g. one day a week. You can decide with your manager what arrangement works for you while also meeting the The Horse Trust’s needs.

What skills and experience do I need?

Most roles do not require any specific skills or experience. The skills and qualities we are looking for are always specified in the role description. Current roles are listed in volunteer opportunities. If our volunteering roles require you to have particular skills these will be clearly stated in the role description.

Will I be paid?

As a volunteer you will not be paid. We are afraid that we are currently unable to cover travel or other out-of-pocket expenses incurred by volunteers.

Will I be trained?

We do not provide any formal training, but you will receive health and safety training and be given a thorough induction to your role so that you are confident in what we are asking you to do.

What happens next?

If you are interested in any of the volunteer roles listed on our website please download and fill in an application form and send it to us at info@horsetrust.org.uk or The Horse Trust, Slad Lane, Speen, Bucks HP27 0PP. If a suitable volunteering opportunity is available we will contact you and invite you for an informal chat. This allows us to check that the role is right for you and you are right for the role.

How can groups get involved?

We are unable to offer groups hands-on volunteering opportunities with our horses. However, there are occasionally other volunteering opportunities available such as general site maintenance and volunteering at events. If you wish to discuss volunteering opportunities for your school, community group or organisation please contact us on info@horsetrust.org.uk.