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Volunteering with us is a very rewarding experience and offers the opportunity to broaden your knowledge and get involved with a worthy cause as well as giving something back to the community!

Our volunteers come and help for a variety of reasons; some volunteers come as part of a work placement or to gain experience to help them progress into paid work .Some to give something back to their local community and others just to have fun doing something they enjoy.

We appreciate all the help volunteers can give and offer flexible arrangements. There are various different roles with us as a volunteer and remember you do not have to stick to just one role... you may wish to help at the yard one day, spend time in the office on another and maybe even dedicate a day of your weekend with the fundraising team.


‘Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart’

Elizabeth Andrew


Office Volunteer

Our office is located right on the edge of Dartmoor in Yelverton Business Park . Our office volunteers are asked to help with a range of different tasks, but as no day is the same here, these tasks can vary!

Typically tasks include:

Writing letters

Scanning documents

Updating pony records

Stuffing envelopes

Assisting the fundraising team preparing for events


Yard Volunteer

Our yard is located in a beautiful area near the Moorland Garden Hotel. This is your opportunity to work closer with the ponies and you will get to see what happens on daily basis when caring for these beautiful animals.

On a daily basis our yard volunteers will do some or all of the following:


Poo picking the fields and schools

Sweeping the yard

Filling hay nets

General cleaning and tidying the yard

Mucking out stables

Forking up the muck heap

Lifting and carrying various odd sized or heavy objects

Emptying, cleaning and filling water buckets

Taking part in or watching training demonstrations

...But there is always the opportunity to handle some of our ponies!


Fundraising Volunteer

If you like meeting people and enjoy organising events, this is the role made for you! You can either join our Fundraising team on one of the many events they hold throughout the year or organise one of your own...with the full support and a Fundraising Pack provided by us.


Loan Pony Inspector

Crucial to providing care and support to our Loan pony ‘owners’, Loan Pony Inspectors visit the homes where the ponies are being kept, meet with the people caring for them, complete reports which monitor their well-being and then go on to liaise with the Loan Pony Co-ordinator to ensure that the ponies have a healthy, fruitful life.

We are seeking to recruit Volunteer Loan Pony Inspectors throughout Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

In general the role includes the following:

Visiting ponies in various locations in your area

Completing home checks for potential new homes

Sending in regular reports to the SWEP office

It will also need you to have equine experience to be able to be able to assess a pony’s welfare competently

This role involves travel and working independently, your own transport would be necessary, but you would receive full support from the team Loan Pony Co-ordinator

Show Volunteer

We hold Indoor shows throughout the season at Tall Trees Arena in Davidstow, Cornwall. This is a real ‘hands on’ role as you will be an integral part of the running of the show. The role is varied and active, you could be taking show entries, assisting the Judges and Stewards, helping to move jumps around and or even helping in the car park when needed!

If you are interested in helping with any aspects of the charity please complete the Volunteering Application Form ( Microsoft Excel format, or PDF Download ).

If you would like more information please contact our Volunteer Coordinator by phoning the office on 01822 854823 or emailing

Please return the application form to mail address or post to SWEP, Unit B4, Yelverton Business Park, Crapstone, Devon, PL20 7PE.


Could you set up a ‘Pounds for Ponies’ Support Group in your local area to help raise essential funds? Or are you an individual with a desire to help out?

We are asking people across the country to hold regular events to help bring to help in essential funds so that we can continue to provide life saving care to Moorland ponies.

It doesn’t take much all you need is a passion for ponies and a fun imagination!

No matter the size of your group or whether you are an individual or even the amount of events you can manage to hold, your fundraising efforts are saving the lives of wild ponies across both Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor.

SWEP is funded entirely through donations, so very penny helps!

For information and to request a pack on how to set up your support group please contact us using the details below.

Email: Phone: 01822 854823

Work Experience at SWEP

South West Equine Protection work closely with Schools and Colleges in the area, providing valuable work experience placements for students wishing to pursue a career in a range of equine courses.

During your time with SWEP you will have the opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of the charity; you will spend time on our yard working with our rescue ponies, gain office and fundraising experience and receive an introduction to our welfare concerns and campaigns, featuring a morning on Dartmoor with our Welfare Officer.

Our team have a wealth of knowledge and experience they pass onto our work experience, giving you the skills you need to care and handle ponies in a professional, caring manner.

If you would like to apply for a work experience placement, please contact us directly by email: or phone 01822 854823 where a member of the SWEP team will be happy to help!

Now is your chance to help make sure no pony is left to die.

The Pony Sanctuary, also known as: South West Equine Protection
Registered charity number: 1087579 Registered company number: 4141827