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At the Equestrian Centre we particularly welcome work-away visitors who have experience with horses and we can offer you in return an immersive experience, working with a variety of horses and ponies, at a traditional British equestrian centre that is run to excellent standards.
The Equestrian Centre is a picturesque, period stable yard and manor house set in 37 acres of glorious English countryside, tucked away in the heart of a modern British city, Milton Keynes. With excellent transport links to London, exploring the capital city or further afield on your days off is easy to do and the Centre is situated within walking distance of supermarkets and a large shopping centre.
The Equestrian Centre is a social enterprise organisation; all profits from our commercial activities are used to support the Milton Keynes based children’s charity. The charity has a strong track record in creating positive outcomes with children.
The Equestrian Centre draws on the charity's wealth of experience in working with children and our team provides high quality riding and horse care sessions. The Centre is also the only UK establishment offering equine facilitated learning from a permanent base, to corporate clients, schools and agencies.
Our team prides itself on working with and welcoming a wide range of people to our yard; people who’ve never ridden before, nervous riders who’d like to build confidence, returning riders who want to refresh their skills and those who’ve ridden a lot. We’re a really friendly place to work, a place where everyone feels welcome and part of the team and where we all “muck in” – or perhaps, more appropriately, “muck out!”
Your work will be varied – it may involve looking after the horses and ponies, leading the horses in lessons, through to cleaning and helping to maintain the yard and surrounding fences and fields. The work can be physically demanding.
We provide ongoing training for all our volunteers and work-away guests and we are experienced hosts, with visitors joining us from all around the globe.
We offer you shared accommodation and subsistence in exchange for 25 hours’ work per week on the stable yard – you will be provided with a work rota as part of our team.
Please note: There is only very limited wifi on-site although there are internet cafes within walking distance. We also have a maximum weight restriction of 82kg (13 stone) for horse riding.
All profit from the Equestrian Centre is used to support the charitable work
To help develop the first riding school in the UK that operates entirely for the benefit of disadvantaged children. Also a great opportunity to speak English.
We are looking for workawayers who would like to join our team and help us develop the Centre for the benefit of our customers and those children that come to us, who have no sense of hope for the future. There will be a variety of roles and tasks depending on your experience - in the stable yard eg. mucking out, grooming, teaching, leading ponies in lessons, general care, and/or helping us to do up the site (building/painting/electrical/plumbing/ carpentry/general maintenance/groundwork/outdoor maintenance)
We offer shared accommodation in a beautiful, bright, newly renovated first floor flat at the centre. We provide a double room for two same gender volunteers or a couple. The flat has a kitchenette and there is a full kitchen and utility room with washing machine and drier downstairs.
We offer a generous subsistence allowance - so you will be responsible for your own cooking - and a large supermarket is within easy walking distance.
The care for children that is at the heart of the charity extends to everything we do at the equestrian centre. We place the highest importance on caring for and respecting our horses and ponies, our people and our beautiful place. We pride ourselves on being a really friendly place to work, a place where everyone feels welcome and part of the team. We are a non smoking site.
We are 6 minutes walk from Central Milton Keynes bus and train stations. From here it is easy to get buses to Oxford and Cambridge and there is a 35 minute direct train service to Euston station in London. Milton Keynes is a thriving town with a wonderful theatre, cinemas, and a big shopping centre with cafes and bars. Bletchley Park, the centre of the wartime codebreaking is just 20 minutes away. Milton Keynes has beautiful parks and a huge network of cycle routes.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week