Urgent call for volunteers to regularly help at the charity shop or more sporadic support as needed.
Volunteers are involved in a wide range of roles and day-to-day activities that support the running and upkeep of each shop. On the shop floor you could be involved with providing excellent customer service, processing transactions on the tills, replenishing stock and putting up eye-catching displays to entice customers in. Behind the scenes, volunteers get involved with sorting through donations to find those hidden gems and preparing goods for sale by sorting, steaming and pricing.
A few hours a week could make a difference.
PDSA positively encourages volunteer applications regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, adults at risk and all our colleagues and expect everyone who works for us to also share this commitment and to treat people with courtesy and respect.
To support this commitment, our recruitment & selection processes are robust and rigorous and all appointments will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate background checks.
The Dogs Trust are looking for volunteers to join their Freedom Project team to help offer solutions to people fleeing from domestic abuse who are unable to take their pets into refuge. Volunteers will have the opportunity to care for a dog without the lifetime commitment and will help individuals fleeing from domestic abuse and their dogs escape from an abusive home.
The Dogs Trust will cover all expenses for food, veterinary bills, etc. and will carry out monthly monitoring visits to ensure the foster dog has settled in well. When we visit we will bring you any new toys, treats or equipment that you need.
If you are interested in applying then please complete the following online enquiry form: www.moretodogstrust.org.uk/volunteer/enquiry-form
We offer care for all types of pets, from cats & dogs to snakes & hamsters.
- Gives a temporary home to a pet, for sometimes for a week, often a month or more.
- Takes full responsibility for the pet during that time.
- Provides the pet care, feeding & exercise (where appropriate).
- Gives a pet a ‘home from home’ taking away the worry of pet care from the owner at a difficult time.
- Is a serious and sometimes difficult role but with positive rewards for helping both pets and owners.
- Enjoys caring for a pet that is often distressed having been parted from their owner… but pets do settle.
- Has the satisfaction of helping, especially when seeing a pet being reunited with its owner.
- Has all expenses refunded and any veterinary costs paid.
- Is supported by the PFSS Area Organiser and the PFSS experienced team.
- Is NOT a shortcut or temporary way to satisfy children in the family wanting a pet.
- Is NOT something to keep children amused or occupied or can take a dog for a walk.
- Is NOT a short term volunteering role or just for lockdown, we ask volunteers to take a least two foster pets each year.
- Is NOT suitable for dog care if the home is unoccupied for hours every day, pets need company.
We ask potential fosterers, who must be over 18, to complete a comprehensive application form, which asks for the name and address of a referee that has known the applicant for over 3 years and who is not a family member. We may ask for a reference.
We also carry out a ‘virtual’ home visit combined with an interview.
PFSS requires that the applicant signs a declaration relating to any record of ‘criminal behaviour against animals’ & confirmation that the PFSS regulations including confidentiality (that no social media regarding fostering is allowed) and pet care will be met.
Outreach volunteers are volunteers involved in transporting cats to various locations. Duties can involve trapping and releasing feral cats, taking cats/ supplies to new home or generally being out and about sometimes at short notice. Volunteers must be mobile/fit enough to access rural areas, scrubland etc. Driving license preferred as locating and trapping feral cats usually involves going to rural or derelict areas.
Our groups are entirely volunteer run and led, and are at the front lines for key engagement with local people, with their extensive programme of walks, talks, day trips and indoor meetings that group members, and members of the public, can attend and enjoy. We want you to become a part of this strong community of nature champions. We're looking for people who are passionate about connecting people with nature, and helping in the smooth running of the group, with the option to help out in various ways!
Right now we are particularly keen on getting volunteers who are a part of the Highlands for our RSPB Highland Local Group.
With lockdown forcing people indoors and out of their normal daily routines, they became much more aware, and better understood the importance of the outdoors for their mental health, general well-being and more. Doubled with the on-going climate crisis, people are waking up to the fact that we need to indulge in and save nature more than ever before. The RSPB Highland Local Group want to inspire their local communities to reconnect with nature.
By becoming part of the group, you'll have the chance to be involved in so many of the groups aspects. From fundraising to events, maintenance to membership, you'll have the opportunity to use your existing skills (and learn new ones) to build the group and make it an ever more important aspect of local RSPB connections with people. Being a community group, you'll also have the opportunity to make new friends and relationships, have fun, and know you are enthusing people about the joys of nature. We have groups across the UK and further details can be found at www.rspb.org.uk/groups. Feel free to contact your local group direct or go along to an event or two to find out more. And if you can't find a group near you and would like to help set one up please click on "Ask a question".
All you need is a willingness and ability to help with one or more of the varied activities of our RSPB groups, and able to give a minimum of a few hours each month (or more!).
Are you passionate about animal welfare? Why not join a growing team of Home Visitors who play a vital role in supporting owners and pets in your local area who are facing an emergency situation.
Home Visitors play an essential role in delivery of their service by visiting potential volunteer foster carers to assess their house, home situation and the fosterer.
Volunteers will be contacted by PFSS when there is a need for a home visit in your area and as part of this - your role will include contacting the potential fosterer and arrange a time for a home visit to take place; carry out the home visit following guidelines provided by PFSS; complete the home visit report and return a copy to the Home Visit Coordinator.
Could you be one of our amazing Dog Fosterers? Minimum age 18.
We are Guide Dogs and we’re here to help people with sight loss live the life they choose. Our ambition is a future where every person with sight loss has the confidence and support they need to live their lives to the full. We rely on volunteers like you to help us improve the lives of people with sight loss. We have dogs at various ages and stages of their career who may need temporary accommodation and the need will be dependent on your location and circumstances. In this role your support will include:
• Providing a safe, secure, and welcoming environment for a dog or puppy.
• Ensuring the dog or puppy is fed, exercised, and cared for to maintain excellent health.
• Using positive reinforcement training techniques to teach or maintain behaviours.
• Ensuring the dog is not left alone for more than 4 hours in a 24-hour period.
Foster volunteers who care for dogs in training need to drop off and collect their dogs from our Hamilton office ML3 6JT. Times are normally Monday to Friday between 8 - 9 am and 5 - 6 pm. Dogs will stay with our staff in the centre during the day to complete training. In the evenings and at weekends volunteer dog fosterers will keep the dog at home. The dog will stay with you during the duration of its training, this can be 18+ months depending on the dog and their pace of learning.
Our Cats Protection shops play a key part in raising the funds needed to help thousands of cats and kittens each year. Our shop assistant volunteers help with all aspects of the day to day running of one of our fantastic shops. They serve customers, help with stock rotation, create displays - and everything in between! They are part of a passionate retail team that make sure our shops are enjoyable places for customers to visit, leading to repeat custom and vital funds being raised to help our feline friends in need.
What can you expect to be doing?
• Serving customers
• Arranging and replenishing stock
• Helping make changes to the shop layout, pricing and stock rotation
• Sharing your passion for cat welfare
• Promoting the work of the Cats Protection
This role is open to anyone over the age of 14.
Our Home Visitors play a vital role in delivery of our service by visiting potential volunteer pet foster carers to assess their house, home situation and the fosterer.
You will be contacted by PFSS when there is a need for a home visit in your area.
Contact the potential fosterer and arrange a time for the home visit to take place
Carry out the home visit following the guidelines provided by PFSS.
Complete the home visit report and return a copy to the Home Visit Coordinator