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Volunteers are the lifeblood of most charities.  
We love our volunteers for the precious time, and skills they give to us, and we enjoy seeing how much they get back in return.   

Volunteering with E4E is fun, rewarding and it's a chance to learn new skills, enjoy the fresh air and stay fit.  As a volunteer, you'll be an important part of our team. We need volunteers with great people skills to regularly help in our equine programs,  and on a more casual basis we want people who enjoy working outdoors; gardening, DIY, building, or fencing, or can help out with admin tasks.   Volunteers working with clients will have police background checks done.


​Do I need to volunteer for specific hours? 

It depends on the role. Roles with our equine programs do require a regular commitment, other roles are much more flexible.

Will I get to ride the horses?

No.  Our horses are reserved for our clients.  We look for volunteers who are interested in working with horses, who want to give back to their community, and want to work with, and assist those with disabilities to have enjoyable, enriching, and successful experiences. 

What sort of volunteer roles are there in your Equestrian programs?

  • Grooms - catch horses in the paddocks, and prepare them for the clients
  • Horse Leaders - these people lead the horse for the coach.  They must listen to the coach, and either keep the horse still, or walking at the speed required (and in the direction required).
  • Side-walkers - many of our clients need support to stay in the saddle.  A side-walker, literally walks beside the horse, and provides either physical or emotional support to the rider.  Some clients require 2 side walkers, others just 1.
  • Arena helpers, and general hands -  keeping the place clean and tidy, assisting with equipment, checking helmets and riding clothing
We do occasionally look for new coaching staff, and always look for people who have volunteered with us first.

Do I need to work with horses?

No, we do have other roles.

What other roles are there?

  • Gardener 
  • Maintaining of Horse pastures, fences and equipment
  • Handy person
  • Professional skills to enhance our Board team such as: fundraising, publicity, volunteer management, organising events
If you enjoy getting out in the fresh air, while doing good in your community, we have a role for you.  

Do you run volunteer events?

Yes, we do sometimes run 'working bees', and we have an annual "Ribbon Day' (a public competition day for our clients), that needs additional volunteers. 

Why do some roles have age limits?

Some roles may involve being able to work alone, until the coach arrives.  Others need a certain level of strength, and concentration. 

Does your volunteer program participate Duke of Edinburgh Service Awards?

Yes, we do. 

Current Roles

  • These are roles we need in addition to our day-to-day operational volunteers.

  • Funding Assistant Position - Volunteer
    Volunteer to assist our funding manager (also a volunteer) to put together grants applications for our charitable trust, and reconcile those grants if funding is obtained.  This position mainly deals with getting quotes for project materials, or services, but it will also require you to work with other members of the organisation to get details of the project e.g. getting details of items from our Head Coach, or putting together a Bill of Materials (BOM) with our property manager. Once funding is obtained, you will assist in reconciling the grant application  - ensuring that the funding is properly accounted for, and all requirements of the grant are met.

    This position will give you great experience in the non-profit, and the community grants sectors, and give you a great start in the business world with real-world experience in both ethical, and legal accountability, as well as understanding business processes and timelines at a Board and Management level in a charitable organisation (which are directly transferable to most profit driven businesses).
    You will need to work with deadlines, show initiative, and attention to detail, and communicate well with others from a wide variety of backgrounds.  

    Hours are flexible.  We are looking for someone who can allocate a few hours per month.  Generally these will be bounded by the processes of funding committees and our Board meetings, so while you need to meet deadlines, there is quite a lot of flexibility in time to do the tasks themselves.

    We are located in Whangaparaoa, but you can perform all tasks required remotely if you wish. Our Board\ volunteer management team use Skype and email\Google + Suite. We do encourage a visit to our site to see our programmes in action, and at least one face-to-face meeting with our Funding Manager before starting, so that you can appreciate what we do, how we operate and understand the importance of, and constraints on, the tasks you may be assigned.

    How to Apply

    Please send your CV to hr@equestrian4everyone.com   Subject "Funding Assistant Application" 

    Posted Sep 30, 2017, 12:42 AM by Viv Dostine
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What Skills can I develop as a Volunteer?

Volunteering can show future employers that you are socially responsible, have a work ethic, and can be a great way to develop valuable skills, and volunteering may help you live a longer, happier life!
  • Communication
  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Event planning and organising
  • Willingness to try new things
  • People management
  • Self-motivation
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Working with different cultures, and abilities 
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Time management
  • Working independently
  • Use of initiative
  • Ability to manage stress
  • Decision making
  • Positive attitude about the future

What our Volunteers say

"I learn to care for the horses, and groundwork. I enjoy watching how far the kids come, from being scared of horses to riding, and being upset when they leave them. Every kid is different and it's fun to get to know their personalities." ​ - Ava

"I love it. I really enjoy the way the volunteers, and coaches work together with the people coming for lessons.  The methods used help to empower, and build trust, and relationships. ​It is always great seeing the confidence, and skills grow each week" ​- Jan

"Its a very friendly environment, the volunteers and riders are a pleasure to be around. The horses all have great personalities, and I've loved being able to learn new skills with them. Each rider is different, with a challenge, but it is awesome to see how far they have come." ​- Casey

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