Kingswood Shetlands & Friends became a CIC company in 2020. A community interest company (CIC) is a non-charitable limited company set up with the purpose of benefiting a community or pursuing a social purpose. We are NOT FOR PROFIT.
There are many insurances, compliances for safeguarding and data protection regulations linked to the keeping of the animals along with regular vet fees, food and the cost of where the animals live. We are extremely lucky to have some sponsors who support us and small donations from the public, and we have volunteers who help us care and keep the animals in prime condition (also giving us a little well-earned break).
Kingswood Shetlands and friends rely on funding coming in from the above sources and also fundraising events which many people have run on our behalf.
If you know of any companies or individuals who would like to support our cause either by organising fundraisers, donating monthly or yearly then please contact us. All monies go towards community projects working with disadvantaged children within Surrey.
What Makes Us Different
We bring fun, friendly, unique and informative experiences for all ages and abilities.
We help local schools and colleges (particularly special needs) by providing supplementary therapies.
We build relationships between the adults and animals which are vital, particularly when dealing with challenging behaviour.
We are not for Profit
We support others as this is what we enjoy doing. We are funded by donations and supported (food, supplies) by sponsors.
Life as a Volunteer
We started helping out Sarah in 2021, after losing our pony. During our weekly visit we check the animals & take the ponies for walks. We love it. The sheep & goats run up the field to welcome us & have a cuddle & the ponies neigh for a carrot. Its impossible not to have a laugh at their cheeky behaviour. Kingswood Shetlands & Friends has proved a much needed place of solace & therapy. Once a week I completely forget my woes & take time out to feel relaxed & happy. We always come away with a smile. The power of animals to help all with their mental health should not be underestimated. Massive thanks to Sarah for giving us access to her precious animals every week.