Volunteers are fundamental to the ability of the Stables to deliver its service. We have a 12-18’s project, 8-11’s Junior Volunteer club, as well as adult volunteers.
12-18’s Volunteer Project
We have an extremely popular volunteering program for young people who want to learn more about horses and wish to spend their free time caring for them. It is a great way to make new friends, learn new skills, keep fit and active and is a fantastic addition to a CV.
Volunteering and being part of the project is a commitment which will open up many new learning experiences, including, for some, professional qualifications.
Due to the potential risks involved in working with large animals all volunteers must undergo an initial training period. This consists of a 2 hour group training session once a week for approximately 6 weeks. Once you are safe and confident you can attend evenings after school or at the weekends and during school holidays.
Volunteers spend their time at the stables grooming, tidying the yard, tack cleaning, preparing feeds and leading beginner riders on lessons. Volunteers are rewarded with credit on their riding accounts which they can exchange for riding lessons. Many of our volunteers begin with us with very little riding experience and go on to be competent riders.
In addition to every day volunteering tasks we also have a packed schedule of social events such as sleepovers and parties, age appropriate workshops, such as Food Nation, Relationship and sexual health sessions, plus holiday trips and camps. All our volunteers have the opportunity to work towards ABRS (Association of British Riding Schools) tests and BHS (British Horse Society) exams. This accreditation suitable for all ages, levels and abilities and it is free of charge for volunteers.
For those wanting to boost their CV even further there are further BHS exams and ASDAN qualifications available by becoming one of Stepney Banks Scholars.
How to get involved with 12-18’s project
If you would like to be a part of the team please go the ‘Become a volunteer’ page and fill out the online.
Junior Volunteer Club
Junior Volunteer Club is available for children aged 8 – 11.
Junior Volunteering offers a chance for children to learn what it’s like to be a volunteer before they are old enough to do it for real.
They spend time helping on the yard, grooming, learning new skills, and enjoying time outside. The knowledge and skills they learn will give them the option to do the ABRS (Association of British Riding Schools) Tests which are held regularly at the stables.
If junior volunteer club sounds like something you are interested in, please got to the ‘Become a volunteer’ page.
There is a cost of £10 per session for Junior Volunteering; however, we do have a number of free places available. Please ask in reception for more information.
The main focus though is to spend time with the ponies and have fun!
Junior Volunteer sessions take place every Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 5.00 – 7.00pm and Saturday 1pm-3pm. The sessions are restricted to two sessions per person per week to give everyone the chance to attend at least one session per week.
We have a great network of adult volunteers. The main role for adults is as Instructor support. This role helps the Instructor prepare the horse for riding, supports and encourages young and novice riders throughout lessons.
To become an adult volunteer you will be required to undertake some training, which is carried out by one of our adult mentors. Our adult volunteers also take part in social events on and off site.
Please go the ‘Become a volunteer’ page to fill out an online form and our adult volunteer coordinator will get in touch.