Host Organisation: The Positive Herd project

Help rescue horses help people! We urgently need help from a team of dedicated maintenance volunteers to help get our site ready for therapeutic activities to begin in the spring.

Opportunity Interests: Animals, Children and Young People, Families, Health and Wellbeing services, People who are unemployed, People with Mental Health Issues
Type of Activity: Construction / Odd Jobs, Gardening
Location: Middlewich, Sandbach
Days and Times for the Opportunity: Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Thursday AM, Thursday PM

Our aims are to offer rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming to horses in need, sanctuary to those that cannot be rehomed, to educate people on ethical horse care and training, and also to offer equine assisted therapy.
We urgently need help from a team of dedicated maintenance volunteers to help get our site ready for therapeutic activities to begin in the spring. The position will involve weekly work sessions over 8 weeks. As a maintenance volunteer you’ll be responsible for repairing and restoring our premises in Middlewich as part of a larger team. Jobs will include building and repairing fencing, repairing the riding arena, carrying out basic DIY and creating a therapeutic space for the horses and service users. We’re looking for volunteers with experience or an interest in DIY and building. Full induction training will be provided before work commences and volunteers will be fully supervised. As a maintenance volunteer you’ll also have the opportunity to access walk and talk therapy with our counsellor if this is something you’d benefit from.

Volunteer Commitment: Short Term
Is a DBS check required for this role?: No
Skills and Qualifications Required:

We are ideally looking for individuals with some of the following skills:
• DIY, including wood work, construction, repair work.
• Gardening, horticulture or land management.
• Manual handling.
If you don't have skills in these areas you can still apply. We want volunteers who are eager to learn and enthusiastic to get stuck in.

Are there any Gender or Age Restrictions?:
Do you have disabled access to the areas a volunteer would be sited?: No
Do you pay expenses?: No
If yes, for what and at what rate?:
What support is available for the volunteer?:

Volunteers are given induction training and have the opportunity for further training as and when required. The volunteer manager will ensure that each volunteer has regular supervisions and is given the appropriate level of support to excel in their role.

What training is available for the volunteer?:

Full induction and site tour.
Ongoing supervision.