One of our volunteer coaches was awarded Eastern Region Volunteer of 2017 for the Riding for the Disabled.


Our Volunteers

Everything at Sugarloaf is done by volunteers.  Without our volunteers we certainly wouldn’t be able to run our group.  We really value their dedication and commitment : some of our volunteers have been with us for over 25 years.

The more volunteers we have the more lives we can improve.  That’s why we always welcome new volunteers.  If you’re interested, why not come down to meet us and see what we do ?

Volunteers give as much times as they want.  You don’t necessarily  have to have any horse experience, as you complete the National RDA Basic training and once completed you receive a certificate – and are all DBS checked which is paid for by the group.

All our volunteers are from diverse backgrounds ageing  from 12 years upwards.  Some volunteers have been out of work for a number of years, for whatever reason, and need to build up the skills of working in a group before venturing out. Volunteering helps to, with building up social skills and team work and organisation. Volunteering looks good on you CV too when applying for paid work, which many of our volunteers have gone into.

Some volunteers do work placements with us and we do encourage younger volunteers to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh and YELA awards. Some also going on to become coaches themselves with our help.  


Not interested with working with the horses? There are other jobs which are needed to be done within the group like: being part of the committee or  a group trustee, IT, administration, fundraising skills, or maybe just helping with repairs in your spare time or even poo picking in the field (not the greatest job, but has to be done). Volunteers may also undertake additional courses such as first aid and training days arranged by us and other groups.

Putting out poles and collecting them in again after lessons is a helpful job
time to groom horses
Waiting for the ride to start

If you would like to volunteer please fill in the volunteer form below.

Please note: All our volunteers over the age of 16 will have to do a DBS check (paid for by us) but all volunteers must fill out the volunteering form and fill our one of our green cards before they are able to be around the horses for insurance purposes and riders safety.