What Do We Do

NEWC was founded in March 1977. On 10 February 2014, it became Incorporated as a Community Interest Company governed in accordance with its Articles of Association and Regulations by an elected Board of Directors. The rules governing the conduct of NEWC’s affairs are set out in the Company’s Articles of Association.
The overall aim of NEWC is to improve equine welfare, support those invested in improving equine welfare standards, and communicate best practice to NEWC members and the wider equine community.

NEWC Activity

NEWC aims to promote a collaborative, evidence-based and transparent approach to improving equine welfare standards through:

  1. Education – supporting and improving equine welfare standards
  2. Coordination - responses and actions to equine welfare challenges
  3. Investigation – reports of equine neglect or cruelty
  4. Influence – advocate for lasting change

NEWC activity focuses mainly (but not exclusively) on addressing the three main objectives:

  1. To provide support and guidance for those invested in improving equine welfare
  2. To promote best practice in the management and training of equines
  3. To present a unified voice to advise and inform government, statutory and other bodies, and the general public on equine welfare issues

NEWC activity is facilitated by the work of the NEWC sub-groups:

Operational Regional Partnership groups

The aim of the regional group meetings is to identify regional equine welfare concerns and engage multi-agency solutions through a collaborative approach, ensuring the most effective use of our combined skills, resources, and experience.

Annual meetings with Regional Group Chairs are held to support a consistent national approach and facilitate communication between the Regional Groups and the NEWC board.  Regional meetings are held bi-annually and include an update from the board compiled and circulated before the meetings by the NEWC Executive Secretary.

Attendance at these meetings includes local field/welfare officers, representatives from Trading Standards Animal health officers, local police, LA licensing officers and NEWC directors. 

Re-homing Network

The NEWC Rehoming Network works together to provide a supportive place for attendees to discuss rehoming work and plans and to exchange ideas. The main aims of the Network are to provide a means of forging better links between NEWC members; to create contacts for those involved with rehoming as a means of support and advice; to share knowledge, ideas and experiences with the goal of helping more horses, ponies, donkeys and mules; to create guidelines for best practise in the rehoming of equines.

Membership of the NEWC Rehoming Network is open to attendees from NEWC members involved with rehoming of equines. The Group will normally meet every six months at varying locations, but with one in the north and one in the south each year, to enable more members to attend. Interim meetings can be held as required. Members would normally send up to two representatives to a Group meeting depending but can send more if space is available. Attendance by non-NEWC members is by invitation and approval by the Group chair.

Research and Education Group

The NEWC Research and Education group works together to provide a networking opportunity to strengthen links between organisations both within NEWC and across the equine sector; to support NEWC members in the planning, implementation and dissemination of their research and educational work; to raise public awareness of key welfare issues and the actions taken by NEWC and beyond to address these.

The main aims of the NEWC Research and Education Group are as follows:

  • The identification of key equine welfare issues within the UK
  • The development of collaborative projects and initiatives to address these issues
  • The development of working partnerships with research and educational institutions and other bodies from across the equine sector
  • The publication of findings under the NEWC banner and dissemination of these to NEWC members and the wider equine community

Membership of the NEWC Research and Education Group is open to attendees from organisations that have welfare focussed educational objectives. The organisation should be active in equine welfare in the UK. Organisations would normally send up to two representatives to a Group meeting depending on space available. Attendance by non-NEWC members is by invitation and approval by the Group chair. 

Communications and Advocacy group

The Communications and Advocacy Group provides a forum to generate a rapid response for the public/media on behalf of member organisations on pertinent issues relating specifically to equine welfare in the UK.

The Group aims to:

  • Facilitate and represent NEWC communications on welfare matters and provide a structured and proactive approach to producing and disseminating NEWC-specific press releases
  • Provide a united voice to parliaments and policymakers on relevant equine welfare issues
  • Offer training and advice for NEWC members in their communications work

Areas of operation:

  • Communicate with each other regularly (biannual meetings plus ad hoc meetings as required)
  • Remain apprised of or feed into consultations and joint responses on matters of policy
  • Produce collaborative responses to press articles or social media issues around equine welfare

Membership of the NEWC Communications & Advocacy Group is open to all members of NEWC on a voluntary basis provided the organisation is active in equine welfare in the UK. Representatives should have a role pertaining to communications or public affairs within their own organisation.

Members wishing to sign up must commit to a) attend the meetings twice a year and b) nominate a member of staff or volunteer (not necessarily the same person) who will be able to respond quickly if statements or releases are being circulated for approval (e.g. within 24 or 48h where an urgent media response is required or potentially 72h on matters of advocacy.)

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