Do you have what it takes?
We are looking for some very special individuals who would love to help support the daily operations of the centre on weekdays during term time.
Are you happy to be flexible in the roles you help us with? Do you love talking to people? Do you have good equine skills or the willingness to improve your current knowledge on how to work with our wonderful donkeys? Do you feel confident to work around the donkeys and people with additional needs?
You would be flexible in your approach to the roles we would like your support with, these could include donkey care, yard duties, assisting work with service users or providing information and a friendly and courteous welcome to all visitors. Acting as an ambassador for The Donkey Sanctuary will come naturally, joining us to share our passion for the work we carry out, with a love of donkeys and an appreciation for the value of our equine assisted learning programme (we will provide training on this for you).
Skills and personal experience
Donkeys have a unique presence, a zen-like grounded quality. We’re using their abilities as sentient facilitators and encouraging them to be an equal partner in the session - Caron Whaley, Director of Donkey Assisted Therapy
We would love for you to have experience of animals and ideally equines, you would feel confident to be around our donkeys, assisting them with their interactions with the visitors that they meet. We will offer you full training; you will be willing to learn about the care and behaviour of donkeys to enable you to carry out this role. You will be happy to engage with the wide variety of people that you will meet.
We are looking for team players who have the ability to work independently if required. With sound customer service skills, your ability to communicate well with people in a friendly and welcoming way will come naturally and you will enjoy promoting the work of The Donkey Sanctuary to all visitors. You will be happy to assist children in the play area and be confident to work with people with a variety of additional needs. This can be a demanding role and it is important that you consider both the physical and mental demands of this role (we can chat about this when we meet).
Times and preferred duration of commitment
Weekdays during term time. To be agreed within our core operating hours of 10am and 3pm; ideally we would love for you to help us with a regular full day or a half day. We always appreciate any time you can volunteer with us. Coming along on a regular basis is most beneficial as it allows you to get to know the role fully and keeps your skills up to date, making for a more rewarding experience for everyone involved.
Join us today
If you have some spare time, and would like to find out about how you could become more involved in our work, it would be great to hear from you.
We would love for you to come to us with experience and confidence of working with equines. If you are aged 16 or over, are enthusiastic and have regular free time you can offer us, then please get in touch. If you would like to find out more information about volunteering at The Donkey Assisted Therapy Centre in Sidmouth in this role please call the centre on 01395 573009 or
send an email to us.