Volunteer Discovery Assistant

HorseWorld’s Discovery team runs six-week courses in equine care and confidence-raising sessions for young people normally between the ages of 6 and 19 with physical, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Discovery courses aim to help young people learn about horse care, whilst promoting a positive learning environment, encouraging team-work, co-operation and self-confidence.

The role of the volunteer at Discovery is to support our students in a positive and nurturing way to enable them to enjoy and achieve the tasks set for them. All activities are taught/ demonstrated beforehand, by Discovery staff, and volunteers will be a positive support throughout.

They will be encouraging and will assist where necessary, whilst promoting independence. Volunteers normally work with one or two students with one horse/pony, as part of a group. We are seeking volunteers who can handle horses with confidence and ideally have previous experience of supervising or working with vulnerable children or teenagers.

A calm, non-judgemental and positive attitude is essential as well as an empathy with the course objectives. Courses take place on weekdays either in the morning or afternoon on specified dates throughout the year and volunteers should ideally be available for every session of a 6 week course.

We are now recruiting volunteers for the following days and times:

  • Mondays from 9.30am to 12.00pm and / or 12.30pm to 3.00pm
  • Tuesdays from 9.30am to 12.00pm and / or 12.30pm to 3.00pm
  • Wednesdays from 9.30am to 12.00pm and /or 12.30pm to 3.00pm
  • Thursdays from 9.30am to 12.00pm and / or 12.30pm to 3.00pm

This role is subject to a DBS check (Disclosures and Barring Service check, formerly known as a CRB check).

For more details please download the Volunteer Discovery Assistant Role Description below. To apply please download and complete the HorseWorld Volunteer Application Form or ring 01275 893035 for a postal application.