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Gloucestershire Constabulary is one of the oldest rural police forces in Britain. The area we cover is around 1,000 square miles and is home to the Cotswolds, the Royal Forest of Dean and the Severn ...

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Volunteer Groom

Organisation role · Flexible hours
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
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Gloucestershire Constabulary
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Summary

Do you enjoy working with horses? Volunteer Grooms will support the existing groom and officers of the mounted section assisting in various tasks.

Detailed description

Expected tasks of the volunteer groom will include:

  • assisting in looking after the welfare of the horses
  • cleaning and maintaining accommodation of the horses including the horse box
  • assisting in feeding and watering the horses
  • supporting the team in preparing the horses for public service
  • cleaning and maintaining tack reporting any issues back to the team
  • monitor supplies in regards to equipment, grooming kit, medication and first aid kit
  • provide a holding service for veterinary surgeons and farriers where appropriate


Once your skills have been assessed and proved other tasks will become available for example:

  • clipping and trimming of hooves, pulling and tidying of manes and tails – all to a high standard you would expect from the Police Service
  • administering basic medicine / dressings recording this appropriately
  • loading horses onto and operating a horse walker
  • ridden and groundwork exercising of the horses will be considered on an individual ability basis


Skills Required

Essential:

  • confident and experienced in handling, from the ground, a variety of horses including large, inexperienced/young horses
  • experience of providing a Grooms service of a high standard, including grooming, mucking out, sweeping, tack cleaning, general care of horses, tacking up and loading/unloading
  • be able to work alone following health and safety protocols
  • *Alone meaning: working in an area of the complex, not always under “constant” supervision

Desirable:

  • experience of dealing with basic medical emergencies and treatments
  • BHS stage 2 or equivalent qualification or practical experience
  • hold a current/valid LGV licence.


Relevant training will be provided by members of the mounted team.

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About Gloucestershire Constabulary

Gloucestershire Constabulary is one of the oldest rural police forces in Britain. The area we cover is around 1,000 square miles and is home to the Cotswolds, the Royal Forest of Dean and the Severn Vale, but also includes the urban centres of Cheltenham and Gloucester.

We serve a population of around 600,000 people in a county which incorporates the royal households of Highgrove and Gatcombe Park, airports at Staverton and Kemble, two universities, part of the M5 motorway and a number of large employers including GCHQ. It also hosts several major events.

Day-to-day policing of the county is delivered through six areas: Cheltenham, Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Stroud, Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean.

Neighbourhood policing is very much at the heart of the Constabulary and within the six areas, we have teams covering 55 communities.

At the most local level, our neighbourhood policing teams have built strong relationships with the communities within which they work. Made up of Police Officers, Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), Special Constables, Police Support Volunteers, Volunteer Police Cadets and Police Staff, they tackle crime and disorder and other issues which matter most to the public.

Community policing is only part of what we do. The Constabulary showcase the work we do at our annual Open Day. Highlights include our dogs and mounted sections, roads policing team, forensics unit, specialist firearms officers, demonstrations and an opportunity to speak with Constabulary staff about paid and volunteer recruitment opportunities.

Gloucestershire Constabulary also works with other organisations (partners) such as local councils, support groups and charities, sharing expertise and making the best use of resources to help beat crime, make the county a safer place within which to live, visit and work and keep the people of Gloucestershire safe from harm.