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Volunteer Development Scotland Ltd. (also known as Volunteer Scotland).
Charity registered in Scotland SC013740 and a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland, No. SC106743. Our registered Office is Jubilee House, Forthside Way, Stirling. FK8 1QZ

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Project Volunteers

What if you could have fun with young people, be around horses and increase your experience and skills all at the same time?! Come and be a valued part of our friendly team!

Stable Life provides a safe, nurturing and learning experience using the horse and its environment to help young people in the Scottish Borders reach their full potential, and become healthier and happier with aspirations and dreams. And we need your help!

As a Stable Life Project Volunteer your role is to assist staff to ensure the young people feel welcomed and supported and are always kept safe. This may include:

  • Providing support to the young people whilst they are working around the horses and during the ridden part of the session

  • Leading horses with young people on

  • Help project workers with identified tasks

  • Provide guidance and encouragement to young people

  • Use own ideas and questions to appropriately encourage discussions in the cabin

  • Grooming, tacking & untacking horses

  • Assisting the young people with protective clothing

  • Lead the young people by example in behaviour, attitude and positive relationships

We will not ask you to do anything you are uncomfortable with, or not trained to do. However, we have lots of opportunities for learning and up-skilling and some of our volunteers even go on to become paid staff members!

We value our volunteers highly and you can expect benefits like access to free horse-riding (dependent upon number of hours volunteered), participation in volunteer award schemes and an annual volunteer celebration day.

Volunteering with the Project is an important role at Stable Life, as a charity we rely on your support. You help to keep our horses happy and healthy, enable our young people to feel welcomed and safe and support our hard-working staff. Thank you for taking the time to consider this position.

Skills/Experience required:

• Experience of working with young people
• Some experience with horses

Personal Attributes:
As a Volunteer Project Worker you will be leading and influencing our young people; they will be watching and learning from your actions, attitudes and relationships. As such, it is key that you:

  • Are responsible

  • Are friendly and welcoming

  • Keep confidentiality

  • Show commitment & attend sessions as agreed

  • Keep calm

  • Maintain safe working practises and health & safety

  • Be a good listener

  • Be respectful and non-judgemental

  • Represent kind, healthy and bounded relationships with staff, horses and young people

Experience required

• Experience of working with young people
• Some experience with horses

Travel details

Dryden Farm, Ashkirk, Selkirk Scottish Borders

Training details

Trauma training, confidentiality training, styles of communication, health & safety, regular support and supervision, PVG, Child/Public Protection training

Additional Benefits – Annual Volunteer Celebration Day & Access to free horse-riding (dependent on number of hours volunteered) & Access to Volunteer Award Schemes.


Minimum age: 18

Frequency & commitment
A minimum commitment of 2 hours per week. Our groups run for approximately 17 weeks and our young people really benefit from stability. Therefore, we ask that you are able to attend a minimum of 10 of these sessions, this is a minimum of 20 hours. We generally find that our volunteers love working with us and stay for years.

Volunteers (aged 18-25) taking part in this opportunity are eligible to claim Saltire Awards hours for their activity.
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