At CTRC, we rely on the generosity of volunteers in order to operate, and as a close-knit family, we are always looking for more long-term volunteers who are passionate about our centre to help on a consistent basis.
We are approved provider for community service with a number of educational institutions, as well as Centrelink, and many of these volunteers choose to stay with us past their mandatory community service period.
Volunteering not only helps us, but it can be highly rewarding for the volunteers. Our volunteers say they get a therapeutic experience from simply being in our slice of country. The involvement in helping a rider grow in competency, mentally and physically is an invaluable and enriching experience.
“I volunteer two days a week assisting Jo Blomquist with the “Ride Therapy” program. Watching the delight on the faces of the children who participate is heart-warming, and witnessing their increasing confidence and development skills is inspirational. The centre provides a warm and embracing atmosphere for all who attend, both riders and volunteers, and my volunteering has certainly enriched my life!”
– Jan Coffey – CTRC volunteer
Anyone over the age of 12 can join our team of volunteers, but we do require our over 18 year olds to complete a Police Clearance and gain a Working with Children Check. We encourage both disabled and able bodied volunteers to join us at the CTRC.
Regardless of whether you’re the horse whisperer or terrified of anything bigger than a mouse, we have work for you. The riding centre needs constant maintenance and operational tasks, and we have a plethora of jobs working with and without the horses.
We are always on the lookout for people who can help with odd jobs, such as maintaining fences and reticulation, cleaning, sweeping and help feeding our horses. We also need volunteers who can work with horse leading, tacking up and grooming, and also volunteers to donate their time doing administration tasks for the centre.
For those volunteers who are nervous about coming down to the centre, we provide heaps of support and training to get you started. We offer free courses throughout the year to receive a level 0 teaching certificate, which will allow you to become a qualified instructor within our riding school.
We can provide you with the necessary paper work for your WWCC, however, you can also get this from your local Post Office. We additionally provide you with the police clearance forms, which are then returned to us and processed through CTRC.