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Volunteers are our heart.


Are you passionate about horses and animals and looking for a unique volunteering opportunity? Look no further than our small animal sanctuary!

Located in the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside, the Northcote Heavy Horse Centre is a charitable organisation dedicated to the conservation and welfare of heavy horses. As a volunteer, you'll have the chance to work with these magnificent animals on a daily basis, learning about their care and handling from experienced staff and fellow volunteers.

Tasks can include everything from mucking out stables and grooming horses to assisting with training sessions and helping with feeding and yard work and DIY jobs. Whether you're an experienced animal handler or just starting out, there's a role for everyone at the centre.

Not only will you gain hands-on experience with horses, but you'll also be contributing to a worthwhile cause and making a difference in the lives of these beautiful animals. Plus, you'll get to spend time in a peaceful, natural setting and make new friends with like-minded people.

Ready to join our Northcote family? Carry on reading below for more information and contact us!


No Experience Needed

Many of our volunteers over the years have started with little or no animal experience. We love teaching, helping and exploring future career paths with our volunteers.


Any Level Of

Another benefit to volunteering with us is for a little bit of extra exercise! By mucking out animals you’ll be helping yourself to get into a great level of fitness!

Spending your time with animals.

Rewarding To The

It’s no secret that volunteering your time can boost your mental wellbeing. You’re giving something back to society. And that’s always a good thing!

Volunteers at the Northcote Heavy Horse Centre 2023

New friends

There’s nothing like that feeling of making new friends. When you join our team, you’ll be joining a bunch of other like minded, friendly and fun people!

“You would sometimes think we have hyenas at the sanctuary with all the laughing going on! - Emma

There have been countless memories made by our volunteers over the decades. Come and join the fun!

New skills

Not only will you be making a difference to our animals, you’ll also be learning new skills and gaining new experiences.

From simple things such as learning how to correctly groom, feed and clean animals to even more involved projects that can include DIY!

We can work at a steady pace to suit your needs and we will never make you feel out of place.By learning new skills you can help better yourself and even move into a new job career.


Other Roles

A lot of people think it’s just animal work, the truth is that there are plenty of other essential jobs to be done! So if you don’t want to do any animal hands on jobs, you are just as needed!



You can imagine the constant odd jobs that need doing. Things like fences always need mending, stables always need painting and other long term projects need completing.

Project Volunteers at the Northcote Heavy Horse Centre


There are always several ongoing projects at our sanctuary. For starters we are building a whole new chicken enclosure. This includes concreting a large area and building new safe and secure runs.

Bathing horses.
Boston College
Riseholme College
Grimsby Institute
Lincoln College

Work experience & placements

We are proud to support various Colleges and Universities including Lincoln College, Boston College, Riseholme College & the Grimsby institute with their work placement offerings. We regularly have students volunteering and learning animal management courses.

If this is something that interests you then please either get in touch with us directly or through your college or school.

We are a perfect hands on, insured place to learn animal management skills.

Meet some of the team!

Each and everyone of our volunteers have at some point decided to start helping, many with zero starting experience have continued with us for over two decades!
Maria at the Northcote Heavy Horse Centre


Sarah at the Northcote Heavy Horse Centre


Jim at the Northcote Heavy Horse Centre


Zoe volunteer at the Northcote Heavy Horse Centre


Emma at the Northcote Heavy Horse Centre


Geoff at the Northcote Heavy Horse Centre


Terena Manager at the Northcote Heavy Horse Centre


Steph volunteer at the Northcote Heavy Horse Centre


Fran Volunteer at the Northcote Heavy Horse Centre


So what are you waiting for?

Please complete the following short form to register your interest in becoming a volunteer, and we'll get back to you soon.
Or call Terena, our friendly Voluntary Centre Manager on 07899815960. Alternatively send us a message on Facebook or by our contact form.

We are really looking forward to hearing from you!
Christmas meals and friends.
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