Volunteer introduction sessions are back for 2023
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Pegasus – we look forward to welcoming you! Volunteers are vital to the operation and delivery of Pegasus’ horse-facilitated therapy programs and activities which assist children, youth and adults with disabilities. On any given week over the school term and in our school holiday programs over 100 volunteers give their time to assist in delivering our programs.
Work Experience Students
Unfortunately, though we receive many enquiries for students to undertake Work Experience (WEX) at Pegasus, we are not able to offer this option. As Pegasus is a not- for-profit organisation and working farm, we currently do not have the resources available to satisfactorily mentor WEX students. However, students who are older than 14 and that would like to volunteer at Pegasus on a regular basis are invited to apply through our regular volunteer program. Information sessions for all potential volunteers are held regularly.
During the lesson the leader is responsible for the horse. The leader works in a team with the coach and the side walker(s).
During lessons the side walker is responsible for the rider. The side walker works in a team with the coach and the leader. Where there is more than one side walker, work as a team with only one person giving verbal instructions.
Stable hands undergo training in order to work in and around our herd safely. Stable hands work under instruction to clean and maintain our stables, feeding equipment, water troughs and yards for the health and well being of the ponies.
Pegasus derives a good proportion of its funding through a number of Events and Fundraising activities undertaken through out the year. In addition, we utilise grant funding to purchase operational items that otherwise could not be obtained. If your skill set includes grant writing, event experience or fundraising, we would welcome your assistance.
Farm and Gardens
From weeding to fences, we have a number of jobs that are waiting for help from eager and experienced volunteers
On an ad-hoc basis, Pegasus may require some administration assistance.
Volunteers generally assist us from 9am to 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Volunteer rosters are developed on a school term and school holiday basis, with some volunteers assisting in a regular weekly time slot, and others assisting on an intermittent basis. Pegasus volunteers must be 14 years of age or over, and be able to obtain a Working With Vulnerable People card (free for volunteers) as above.
Even with prior horse or disability experience, as we are a nationally recognised Riding for the Disabled Association centre, specific training is required for most positions, and training is conducted on an ‘as needs’ basis.
Please note: Volunteers 16 years and over are required to have a Working with Vulnerable People card. As per Government COVID guidelines from 1 March 2023 all mandates will be lifted. Although vaccinations are no longer mandatory, we still highly recommend all staff and volunteers to be vaccinated where possible.