How to apply to become a volunteer

Here at the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary, we have a fabulous team of volunteers but due to our expanding business, we are looking to increase that team of volunteers in order to continue our work with abandoned and homeless donkeys.

Our work has the following strands:

  • Looking after the health and welfare of our 120 abandoned equines
  • Working with visitors
  • Running programmes for children’s groups
  • Visiting schools, groups on the island
  • Taking donkeys to residential centres

We are particularly looking for people who are interested in the following three areas of our work:


We are seeking volunteers who are interested in working within our farm team. It may not be the most glamorous work, but it is really important work for our animals – and they really do appreciate the care they receive. We need people who would be happy to muck out stables, clean fields, move donkeys, take hay and straw out to the fields and take on the other routine tasks which contribute to the health and welfare of our animals. When those duties are complete, we ask our team to groom and walk the animals and to work with the visitors.

We are currently looking for additional help on a Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, but other days have spaces as well.


We are looking for people who are interested in supporting our shop and cafe teams, who provide drinks and snacks for our visitors. This is an important fundraising area for the Sanctuary, and monies raised in the shop and cafe contributes to the funding necessary for the care and welfare of our animals.


We are seeking people who would be interested in working with the growing number of school groups who visit the sanctuary. This work involves taking children for tours around the site, meeting donkeys and taking part in grooming and walking activities with children.

There are also spaces for other areas of our work, where volunteers would be greatly appreciated – for example horsebox driving, meeting and greeting visitors and maintenance etc.

In all areas of work, we offer training and a uniform after a settling in period.

If you think you could help, please download, fill in the form below and send it to us. Alternatively, please contact Derek or Carol on 01983 852693 or wrote to us at – you can even call in to see us at the Sanctuary.

If accepted, for a period of 6 weeks you will take on the role of ‘Conditional Volunteer

After a successful completion of this period, volunteers would become ‘Qualified Volunteers‘ (QVs) – they will be fully fledged members of our teams and will be fully equipped with a uniform.

Please download and send in this Volunteer Application Form [Download]