You can make a difference by donating your time

Could you donate your time and effort to The Mare and Foal Sanctuary?

Are you looking to learn new skills, gain valuable retail experience, make friends and improve your job prospects?

You can do all this and more while directly contributing to the care of neglected, unwanted or abused horses. We have a variety of volunteer roles at the Sanctuary for people from all walks of life.


The Sanctuary runs several charity shops and we need volunteers to help us operate and organise them. Whatever time you can offer us, working in the shops can be rewarding and interesting.

It’s also a great way for those looking to get back into work to gain valuable experience, and is suitable for almost any age and ability.


We are looking for volunteers at our new retail hub, the Reuse and Recycle Store, which is revolutionising the way we sell our donated stock throughout Devon. Our store is open seven days a week and relies on volunteers to sort through everything from donated clothes to jigsaw puzzles, books to jewellery – and now bigger items too, including sofas, beds and tables.

The Reuse and Recycle Store is located at Unit 2, Brunel Court, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 4PB.


Our new retail store has a range of exciting new opportunities!

Can you help to sort, price and prepare our donated goods for sale? Could you assist our van driver by helping to prepare deliveries to one of our charity shops? Or maybe your skills lie in shop-floor sales, using the till and working directly with our lovely customers. If you have a little spare time to join our brand-new team, then please get in touch.


If you have an interest in unusual or sought-after items and are a confident Ebay user, we have just the opportunity for you! Immerse yourself in a wealth of interesting, unusual and sometimes rare pre-loved goods to raise even more funds to help the ponies in our care.

This is a varied role and includes researching and pricing goods as well as being on top of bids and posting purchases.


Working on the yards with the horse-care teams is hard work but it’s also very rewarding.

We welcome people with good, practical equine skills and knowledge to work alongside our grooms. Even if you have no horse experience, we still have several roles available, which could lead to opportunities to eventually work directly with our lively horses and ponies.

We do not require volunteers to ride or to train the horses and ponies.


There’s always something that needs tweaking or repairing at our various properties. The list of general maintenance chores is ever present – for example, cutting the grass, keeping the borders tidy, checking the fencing, painting and plumbing.

If you have experience or skills in any form of maintenance, we’d love to hear from you.

If you’d like further information about volunteering at the Sanctuary email our Volunteer Coordinator Kerri Luke at Alternatively call Kerri on 07743044125 or 01626 355969