Dial Wood is proudly run by a team of dedicated volunteers.
Everyone starts out as a volunteer helper and we offer full training whether or not you have any horse experience. You can help with mucking out stables any morning or assist at a session on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. There are various jobs that need doing at each session, like getting the ponies ready, then assisting our participants to have fun at the session. All this is led by a Coach who makes sure that safety is paramount.
You can work towards RDA certificates, and then other volunteer roles like Driving Coach, Riding Coach, Fundraiser or Committee member. Dial Wood is an Approved Activity Provider for the Duke of Edinburgh Award and YELA Scheme.
YELA stands for Young Equestrian Leaders Award and is for people aged 13 to 25 years old. The syllabus starts at Bronze level and requires 20 hours of volunteering in an 8 week period. Our coaches will log and sign off all work completed and sent to The Pony Club for assessment. Volunteering with Dial Wood will not only let you gain valuable equestrian experience, but also other essential life skills such as team work, communicating, problem-solving and organising.
We enjoy welcoming corporate employees to help out with painting our stables, gardening and other outdoor jobs. College and school students can apply to do their work placements with us too.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact us to arrange a visit to the stables and discuss how you can help Dial Wood and how we can help you. When you're ready, you can download our application and reference forms below.
Learn about doing Duke of Edinburgh Award at Dial Wood