Location: Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex
Do you have what it takes?
We are looking for some very special individuals who would love to help support our donkey assisted interaction team to deliver tailored sessions and activities for children and vulnerable adults with additional needs. These sessions are held in a safe and stimulating environment, usually within schools, equestrian centres, care and hospice sites in the Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Middlesex areas.
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 supporting children and adults handling and leading donkeys, equine assisted learning, a range of donkey care activities enabling children and adults to ‘meet and greet’ the donkeys in a safe, fun and interactive way and preparing the donkeys for their sessions. 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
We would love for you to have experience and confidence around equines and people with additional needs, you would feel confident to be around our donkeys, assisting them with their interaction session under the supervision of the project leader. 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 and support our equine assisted learning and interaction sessions. 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. You will be happy to support the ongoing work we do through the mobile donkey assisted interaction project and help provide our service to vulnerable adults and children with 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). You will ensure you follow strict health and safety standards and demonstrate good attention to detail.
Due to the mobile aspect of this project and the varied locations of these sessions, where required volunteers will be happy to travel as well as volunteer outside in our unpredictable British weather!
Times and preferred duration of commitment
We are looking to cover mostly weekdays, between our core hours of 9.30am - 3pm; and occasional weekends/evenings.
We are very flexible regarding days of the week, number of days a month but volunteers must be available for our core hours.
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, we would love to hear from you.
We would love for you to come to us with experience and confidence of working with equines and people with additional needs.
However, don’t worry if you have no previous experience as training is provided. 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 with our mobile interaction team in this role please call the Kelly Fox, Mobile Interaction and Donkey Assisted Therapy Training Facilitator on 07921 463999 or send an email to us.
Alternatively, if you are ready to apply for this volunteer role at The Donkey Sanctuary, we would love for you to complete the online application form.