Stepney Bank Stables is a unique charity which uses horses as a medium to engage young people living in deprived urban areas of Newcastle.

Situated in the vibrant Ouseburn valley, the stables is easily accessed by young people from nearby Shieldfield, Byker and Walker as well as other areas of the city.

Horses are great teachers of kindness, commitment and responsibility.

They dictate an environment of calm, quiet routine which really helps young people who's home and school life may be chaotic. Studies show that spending time with horses reduces cortisol levels. As well as reducing stress, caring for horses and riding is also physically demanding so boosts physical health too. Through volunteering to care for the horses young people gain key skills for work and life such as team work, awareness of safety, communication and negotiation.

We are always looking for adult volunteers who can support our work and also enjoy the benefits of working around our lovely horses and ponies!

We have a variety of jobs which team can complete for a half or full day including painting, cleaning and gardening.

If your team would like to get more hands on with the horses they can also groom, fill hay nets and clean tack!

These are all key tasks which keep our horses healthy, our equipment in good order and our facilities looking smart.

As all volunteers will need to be supervised on site to keep themselves and our horses safe we as for a donation of £150 to cover staff time. Days run usually 9.30-3pm but shorter sessions can be arranged.


  • comfortable around horses
  • able to complete physical activities


  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
    over 18
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

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Stepney Bank,
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear

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