Would you like to join our volunteer family and be a direct part of changing the lives of not only our animals, but also the many visitors that spend quality time with them?

At Mane Chance, we are lucky enough to have a wonderful team of volunteers that generously give their time to care for our horses and their home.  We truly couldn’t function as well without them and they all play a vital part in making Mane Chance the wonderful place that it is!

Come and join our family!

There are lots of different ways in which you can volunteer for Mane Chance and there are opportunities for everyone, no matter how much or how little time you have to spare.  Our volunteering ranges from working directly with the horses, helping to maintain our site, assisting with fundraising, gardening or hosting visits to the Sanctuary - there is plenty to choose from.

We have tasks to suit all abilities and we take pride in creating a Sanctuary for two legs as well as four! Whilst it is hard work at times, we aim to provide a relaxing, peaceful, community environment for the whole team to enjoy whilst taking a welcome break from the pressures of busy lives!

Due to our insurance and health and safety guidelines, our individual volunteers that spend time with the horses need to be 18 years and over and able to work independently.  For younger volunteers, please see our Duke of Edinburgh or young person volunteering pages.  For those volunteers that may need a little extra support and closer supervision, please see our community pages.

If you would like to register your interest in volunteering for Mane Chance, please complete the information below to let us know your contact details, what type of volunteering interests you and then press submit!  We will then be in touch!

We look forward to meeting you!

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Volunteering Categories

Please let us know what type of volunteering you are interested in.  Please select ALL types of volunteering you would like to take part in.

Equine Volunteering

Volunteering with our horses involves poo picking, grooming, walking, enrichment, rehabilitation etc.

Equine volunteering starts at 08:00am weekdays and 09:00am weekends and runs until late morning/lunchtime, whatever the weather!

We can accommodate equine volunteers who wish to volunteer weekly, fortnightly or monthly.  You do not need to be an expert with horses, but you will need to have a level of confidence in being around them as our horses live out in fields and you will be amongst them.  As our site is quite hilly, you will also need a moderate level of fitness for this type of volunteering.

Please tick this box to register your interest in equine volunteering.

Site Upkeep

Site upkeep tasks may include building and repairing of fences, field shelters, painting, maintaining equipment, small project work, electric fencing repairs - no particular experience is needed, but if you are handy with carpentry, metalwork etc, we would be delighted to utilise your skills!  

This volunteering can be flexible, both with times and frequency, depending on the work being undertaken.

Please tick this box to register your interest in site upkeep volunteering.


Gardening may include weeding, watering and upkeep of our flower beds, herb garden and memorial garden plus mowing, strimming and pruning too! 

Our gardening sessions can be flexible with timing and frequency and can accommodate all abilities!

Please tick this box to register your interest in helping with our gardening.


We often require help with events both at the Sanctuary and off-site - for example our open Sundays, Christmas Carols, Big Family Fun Day, theatre events.  Jobs could include helping to prepare the site by putting up gazebos and bunting etc or on the day manning stalls, selling refreshments, running games, checking tickets, selling brochures and raffle tickets etc.

This volunteering is subject to our event calendar and we will book you as each event occurs so is a little more ad hoc!

Please tick this box to register your interest in helping at events.

Community Visits

Helping with our community visits could include baking cakes for the visit, meet and greet, serving refreshments and hosting a variety of groups such as care home residents and charity/community groups including those with additional needs.

This volunteering is subject to our visits calendar and will be booked with you in advance.  Visits generally take place late morning or early afternoon.

Please tick this box to register your interest in community volunteering.
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Please feel free to tell us a little about why you would like to volunteer for Mane Chance (optional).

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