Visits are by appointment only. This is to respect the privacy of any clients on site. We prefer to arrange visits at times where clients are not on site for that reason.
If you’d like to visit because you are thinking about volunteering with us, please complete an online application form first. Once we have your application, the first step in our Volunteer onboarding process is for our Volunteer Development Manager to contact you to arrange for you to visit the Sanctuary. You can find the online form on the Volunteer page.
You might also like to come along to one of Morning Tea With Mumma events which are usually held on a Wednesday – please check the Events page for availability.
Not at the moment.
We do have lots of Junior Volunteers in our team already and, for safety reasons, we need to maintain a ratio of two fully trained adults per Junior Volunteer on every shift.
We may be able to make an exception IF a prospective Junior Volunteer is 15yo or older AND is confident and experienced around horses AND has a parent (who is also confident around horses) willing to volunteer at the same time.
Not at the moment. We do plan on starting regular Open Days later in the year. Please subscribe to our newsletter and Like our Facebook Page to keep informed.
You may like to attend one of our Morning Tea With Mumma events instead. They are held most Wednesdays. Please visit the Events page for availability.
No. Most of the clients we support have experienced significant trauma. Most struggle with issues relating to self-worth and would not feel comfortable in a group setting. Our program trials showed clearly that 1:1 Mentoring is far more successful for vulnerable clients than group programs.
Once clients feel confident enough to start to develop their social skills in groups, we do offer them the opportunity of working with the horses alongside other clients with similar experiences.
Not usually. Many of the horses and ponies in our herd have been subjected to high levels of abuse and can be very noise-sensitive and movement-sensitive. This is why we need all visitors to the Sanctuary to be able to self-regulate. We would also need to find a volunteer that had time to show you around and keep you safe. This is not always possible.
Regular visits as part of the activities that you do with your client are definitely not possible.
You might like to consider bringing them along to our Morning Tea With Mumma events that are usually held on Wednesdays – please check the Events page for availability.
No we don’t. All our horses are rescues and come to us either from the RSPCA, via local vets or from the Gympie Sales if we see a horse there that we think needs our help. Occasionally we accept a donated horse but only if they have a history of trauma, abuse or neglect.
Not at the moment – we currently have nine horses living on a three acre facility and have to feed hay all year round to keep them healthy and give them access to grass each day. We simply cannot fit in any more. We are always looking for a new, bigger home – 25 acres would be terrific. If you know of anyone that might be interested in donating land to us please let us know. Once we have a larger space we will definitely be increasing our herd.
No. We can usually find something for everyone to do and we have several volunteers in our team in their 70’s and two in their 80’s who help with our Mega Sale days.
However, if you would like to work with or around the horses, you need to have an appropriate level of fitness and mobility so that you can keep yourself safe. Horses can be unpredictable, no matter how quiet their temperament is and you need to be able to be nimble enough to move out of the way quickly if needed.
We offer a range of programs for a range of different clients – please visit the Programs page for more information.
Whilst Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning programs can be incredibly helpful for a wide range of people with a wide range of life challenges, our Mentors are specifically trained to support those impacted by trauma, abuse or neglect.
Our Mentors are not trained to support clients with high needs due to physical or intellectual disabilities – nor are they trained to support clients that are not able to self-regulate their behaviour or emotions.