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Volunteer with us

Volunteers are very important to us. Giving your time to help us makes a real difference to our work.

Volunteers are very important to us. Giving your time to help us makes a real difference to our work.

World Horse Welfare’s vision is a world where every horse is treated with respect, compassion and understanding. Our mission is to work with horses, horse owners, communities, organisations and governments to help improve welfare standards and stamp out suffering in the UK and worldwide.

Do you have the gift of time?

Volunteers are at the heart of our work helping our staff to make a difference. There are various opportunities by which you can join the team. Whether it’s hands on with the horses, gardening, helping within our visitor centres to help us educate the public on what we do or general administrative support within the offices we are always looking for an extra pair of hands.

We ask for all our volunteers to be over 18. For our younger supporters we have a work experience scheme – find out more here.

To find out more about volunteering for us please call Kirsten Cooke on 01953 497232 or email kirstencooke@worldhorsewelfare.org.

Current volunteering opportunities


Expression of Interest to become a World Horse Welfare Trustee

Volunteering for World Horse Welfare comes in many different forms, from lending a hand at one of our farms, to providing administrative support at our Head Office.

Another way individuals can provide voluntary support is by joining our Council of Trustees – an elected group of professionals responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of our charity. Trustees are not expected to take part in the day-to-day running of the organisation, but as a group they are responsible for its general control and are required to act in its best interests. To do this effectively, our Council includes representatives with various areas of expertise and from different backgrounds.

In return for their time and knowledge, Trustees enjoy the opportunity to use and build their skills, influence the direction of the charity, attend a range of special events and become part of a diverse and friendly network.

We currently have three vacancies on the Council of Trustees for individuals with experience in the following areas:

With the exception of equestrian sport, an experience of equines, whilst a bonus, is not required; you only need an empathy with our aims and an interest in helping to guide our work.

World Horse Welfare embraces a diversity of perspectives to inform our day-to-day work, something which we would also like to see reflected in membership of our Council. We encourage expressions of interest from currently under-represented groups, including people from a broad age range, LGBTQ+, ethnically-diverse communities and disabled people.

If you have relevant experience and would like to express an interest in becoming a Trustee, then please email a covering letter and your CV to Fiona Abel (fionaabel@worldhorsewelfare.org).

Closing date: Friday 26th April 2024.


Rescue and Rehoming Centres

We have four Rescue and Rehoming Centres located in Aboyne Aberdeenshire, Blackpool Lancashire, Somerton Somerset and Snetterton Norfolk. Our equine teams are always in need of additional help with the daily care of the horses. Our maintenance teams would love some support with general maintenance tasks and gardening.


Visitor Centres

We have a Visitor Centre at each of our Rescue and Rehoming Centres. This is where we hold events, educate members of the public about our work and hire out our indoor school and conference facilities to corporate organisations. Our Visitor Centre teams would love your help dealing with members of the public and also with front of house duties in the coffee shops.


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