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 is suitable for all ages, levels and abilities and it is free of charge for volunteers.
For those wanting to boost their CV even further we have additional 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 join the 12-18’s project.
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 your child might be interested in, please go to the ‘Become a volunteer’ page to fill in an application form.
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 Monday and Friday 5.00–7.00pm and Saturday 1pm-3pm.
Stepney Bank Stables is a charity dedicated to supporting young people and offering them opportunities to develop new skills and confidence. Horses have an amazing ability to provide focus and stability for many of our young people who are disadvantaged and face complex issues in their lives.
We primarily need adult volunteers who are sympathetic towards our aims and keen to support our project. Adult volunteers will receive one-to-one training when they join our project. The training helps them to develop their stable management skills and gives them a clear understanding of their role within Stepney Bank.
We currently have a number of school groups and beginners groups visiting the stables each week. Adult volunteers play a vital role in assisting instructors by helping get horses and ponies ready for lessons and leading on the novice rides. Providing beginners lessons is very labour intensive as every horse needs to be led by an appropriate volunteer. On some groups with the very young or anxious we also need volunteers to walk alongside the horse or pony.
If you have spare time and are interested in joining our project, please go to the ‘Become a volunteer’ page to fill out an online form and our adult volunteer coordinator will get in touch.