Volunteering Opportunities with Discovery
Please note that due to Covid restrictions we're currently unable to take on any new volunteers. But please do take a look at the information below and watch this space for when we're able to open up our doors again!
What do Discovery volunteers do?
Our volunteers are integral to everything that Discovery achieves and form a key part of our tight-knit team.
One of the best things about being part of the Discovery courses is that no two days are ever the same! Having the ability to make a lasting positive impact on the lives of the children and young people who come to Discovery takes a certain kind of individual. You’ll need to be patient, committed, supportive, adaptable and have a strong commitment to having fun!
You’ll be taking a very practical role in the sessions, so some basic equestrian knowledge and confidence in handling horses is essential. On some days you’ll be getting involved in grooming the horses, on other days it may be teaching them how to tack up and the parts of a saddle and bridle, whilst sometimes it could be simple stable management tasks.
Regardless of the topic your role could be instructor, mentor, mediator, teacher, coach, or role model.
How do I become a Discovery volunteer?
Download the information form here, complete your details, return it to us, and our team will be in touch to have a chat about the opportunities we currently have available.
What qualifications or experiences do I need to become a Discovery volunteer?
You will support our students as they build confidence in a range of tasks. These could include;
- Getting ready for the session; changing into appropriate footwear and riding hat
- Putting a headcollar on a horse/pony
- Filling and tying up a haynet
- Grooming, leading, and tacking up a horse/pony
- Mucking out and sweeping the yard
- Learning parts of the tack
- Practicing long-reining skills around the yard
- Building an obstacle course and leading the horse/pony around it
- Previous horse-handling experience
- Calm, confident manner around horses and vulnerable young people
- Non-judgemental and positive attitude
- Empathy with the course objectives
- Experience of supervising or working with vulnerable children or teenagers
- An understanding of safeguarding and confidentiality regarding children and young people
We're always keen to hear from anyone who thinks they've got what it takes to be a Discovery volunteer, but at the moment we're unable to take on any new team members due to Covid restrictions. Please watch this space for news on when we're able to start recruiting again....