Volunteers are integral to our program and we would not be able to operate without our wonderful team! There are a wide range of opportunities to volunteer with HorsePower Australia, whether you prefer to be with horses, children, in the office or even helping us to bring in much needed funds. Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, make new friends, improve your physical fitness or mental health and make a difference in your local community.
Types of Volunteers Needed
HorsePower Australia affiliated member centres need up to 12 volunteers every session in order to provide assistance to four participants. Volunteers in these sessions assist with:
Sidewalking: Sidewalkers assist the participant with their balance on the horse, as well as helping them to remain focused on the instructions being given by their coach.
Horse Leading: Horse leaders handle the horse during the session and can also assist with grooming, tacking up and warming them up prior to sessions. Sidewalkers also assist the participant to control the horse during the session if needed.
There are also many other ways that volunteers can use their sklls and knowledge to assist our member centres including help with the administration aspects of running a centre, maintenance and marketing & fundraising. If you have some time to spare and you are interested in becoming part of team that helps others to develop their abilities and enrich their lives please contact your local HorsePower centre for more information.
You do not need to know anything about horses as training is provided and there will always be someone willing to show you what to do.
Are you an equestrian coach with some spare time?
Why not consider becoming a HorsePower Australia coach and volunteer your experience and time to help make a difference in the lives of others.
You can commence your training at the age of 16 whilst working towards our Assistant Coach certification.
Please contact the HorsePower Office for more information.
How to get involved.
If you are over the age of 12 and would like to become a volunteer then please contact you local HorsePower Centre, to discuss your availability.
As part of our commitment to a safe environment for children and people at risk, volunteers over the age of 18 are required to complete a positive Working with Children Check and National Volunteer Police Check. The centre will forward you the necessary paperwork for completion prior to commencement.
An induction and basic training program will be organised for you upon commencement with your local HorsePower centre.
Are you a therapist who would be interested in working with horses to benefit your clients?
Hippotherapy (Equine Facillitated Therapy) is a specialised program that works with trained physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists who have become qualified Hippotherapists to help provide unique therapies utilisng the horse to those in need.
If you are interested in using your skills and knowledge to help develop the abilities of others then consider becoming part of the HorsePower Australia team.
Please contact the HorsePower Australia office for more information.