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Redwings was originally named by our founder, Wendy Valentine and actually has no equine connection at all, being derived from the type of chickens that had been kept on the site where Redwings was established!
Redwings USA are an entirely separate organisation based in California. Their official name is Horse Power Sanctuaries but they chose to adopt the public name of ‘Redwings’ as a thank you to us after we worked with them to help with their fundraising and welfare programmes. Find out more about Redwings USA.
Redwings was set up in 1984 as it was felt an organisation was needed to care for horses and ponies in the UK. This is our objective as registered with the Charity Commission and with over one million horses and ponies in the UK, we still have our work cut out almost 40 years on!
Working for Redwings
The majority of our staff are paid for their work. This is primarily because they work directly with our rescued horses who can be dangerous or difficult to handle because of their traumatic pasts. Working with them needs lots of training and so it is very difficult to bring volunteers into that environment.
After pausing our recruitment for volunteers during the pandemic, we are now offering limited volunteer roles at our visitor centres. If you have a few hours to spare, are aged 18 or over and would like to make a real difference to a worthwhile cause, then volunteering at Redwings could be the perfect opportunity for you! You could be a welcoming Site Assistant or a friendly face in the café or gift shop.
While our volunteering roles are not hands on with the horses, your help will directly impact the care of all our residents and help us give them the best possible home. View details of our latest volunteer posts.