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Did you know?  The RSPCA Chesterfield & North Derbyshire branch takes in and re-homes around 1,000 abandoned, unwanted and mistreated animals each year.

Volunteers play a vital role at the RSPCA Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Branch and are absolutely essential for the Branch to remain open and for our work to continue. Your skills and abilities could make a real difference to the animals in our care. We have a small number of very dedicated volunteers who help at various fundraising events, do voluntary driving duties, donate time to our charity shop, help care for the animals at the centre and also do home visiting. Without their generous support the animal centre could not operate properly and life would be very difficult. RSPCA branches are self-funding charities, therefore your support is vital for animal welfare in your area.

Volunteering with the RSPCA is a great way to meet like minded people who share the same enthusiasm for animal welfare. In addition there are lots of other benefits, such as gaining new skills or developing existing ones, the chance to try out something new, doing something useful and rewarding, gaining a sense of achievement, putting something back into the community and developing your personal skills and confidence.

If you feel you have the time to spare and are interested in helping you can apply to become a volunteer by using our secure online volunteer application form. Alternatively you can call at the animal centre to pick up an application form or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We currently have volunteering opportunities in the following areas:

Weekend Animal Care Volunteer

We are currently looking for animal care volunteers to help at the animal centre over the weekend. You would need to be able to spare a minimum half a day per fortnight, either on a Saturday or Sunday. Duties would include cleaning, laundry, feeding, socialising animals and dog walking. You would need to enjoy physical activity, be able to work with minimum supervision with a common sense approach, have a flexible attitude and have interest in a variety of animals.

Volunteer Stock Co-ordinator

We are looking for a volunteer to assist us in organisation and planning to obtain more stock for our charity shop through doorstep bag collections. This will entail administration of the process and co-ordination of volunteers. The right person will be able to commit initially to half a day a week (between Tuesday - Friday) but this may increase over time.  You would need to be confident with using a computer and be flexible and organised.

Volunteer Collection Box Co-ordinator

We are looking for a volunteer to assist us in managing our existing collection box network and help us to increase the network of collection boxes throughout the Chesterfield and North Derbyshire area. The role would include contacting the existing collection box holders to arrange collection, speaking to potential new box holders and keeping accurate records of collection boxes. You would need to be confident with using a computer, flexible, have a confident telephone manner and possess good organisational skills. The right person will be able to commit initially to half a day a week (between Tuesday - Friday) but this may increase over time.

Fundraising Volunteer

We are looking for a number of volunteers to help us with our upcoming fundraising events and collections. You would only need a 2-3 hours to spare at any one time on an adhoc basis and the role can fit around other commitments. This role is a vital part of the Branch as we are dependant on the funds that we raise locally to support our animal welfare work. The right person would be friendly, personable, enjoy meeting new people, have an interest in animal welfare and be able to present a positive image of the Branch.

Volunteer Receptionist

We are looking for a number of volunteers to assist us on our animal centre reception. Duties to include assisting visitors to the centre, answering the telephones, data entry and general customer service. The shifts we currently have available are: Tuesdays - 1pm - 4.30pm, Wednesdays - 10am - 1pm and 1pm - 4.30pm or full day, Saturday - 10am - 1pm and 1pm - 4.30pm or full day, and Sunday - 10am - 1pm and 1pm - 4.30pm or full day. You would need to be outgoing, friendly, have a flexible attitude, possess basic computer skills, be a quick learner, enjoy dealing with people and have a professional manner.

Home visitors

We are looking for several home visitors to cover the Chesterfield and North Derbyshire area. The duties will be visiting the homes of potential adopters, completion of paperwork on the visit and assisting the adopters with any questions that they may have. Full training is provided. You must have a full driving licence and have access to a vehicle. There is no set amount of time for this volunteering opportunity and therefore perfect for someone wanting to do something around current commitments.

 

Animal Centre Volunteer

Helping staff take care of the animals in the centre can be very rewarding and is a vital part of our work.  From dogs to cats, rabbits to farm animals, we have a very busy animal centre which requires lots of hard work and dedication.  Handling, exercising, grooming and feeding the animals can be very enjoyable and it is a great way of helping your local RSPCA and even making new friends.  Don't worry we give training, including a health and safety induction.  Dog walking is also very popular among volunteers and is a great way for our dogs to get plenty of exercise and interaction whilst in our care. Grooming and spending time with our cats is also very important and helps our cats settle in while they are awaiting a new home.

A volunteer helps with cat grooming Volunteer dog walkers

 

Fundraising Volunteer

This is a vital part of volunteering for an animal centre because without fundraising the branch would not survive. As you probably know we do not receive any financial assistance from RSPCA headquarters and we are totally self -funding. One day's running costs are approximated to be an amazing £750.  Helping at events, holding a stall or shaking a tin on collection days, putting up posters in your area and representing us at your local church or school fete is just a small selection of things you can do to raise money. Organising events and creating new ideas are always needed and appreciated.  You could even dress up as a fluffy bunny and help out on one of our flag days (in the line of duty, of course!)  We are currently seeking fundraising volunteers to help out at events such as fayres, flag days and shows.  If you feel you can help with raising funds or helping at fundraising events please contact the animal centre on 01246 273358 or e mail the centre.

A volunteer helping out with fundraising A volunteer helping out with fundraising

 

Homevisitor

Homevisitors play a vital role at the animal centre and without their outstanding commitment to the cause we could not find good homes for all the animals we take in.  Every animal that is adopted must have a home visit so we can make sure that the animal is going into a suitable home environment.  All homevisitors are volunteers and we rely on their flexibility and hard work to carry out the homevisits when an animal is reserved.  Homevisitors also do post adoption visits to make sure the animal is settling into his/her new home.  Happy pets in happy homes is what we aim for and home checking plays a very important part in this process.

A volunteer homechecker Post adoption visit

 

Charity Shop Volunteer

The RSPCA Chesterfield & North Derbyshire branch has two charity shops in the Chesterfield Market Hall situated in the town centre.  We are always looking for volunteers to help run the charity shops.  There is always plenty to do in an RSPCA charity shop with roles to suit everybody, such as steaming clothes, helping customers, operating the till or for those with an eye for design, arranging the shop window display.  Volunteering in our charity shops will enable you to meet lots of different people, be a valued member of a team and learn new skills.  For further information about our charity shops please call 01246 270293

 

Charity shop volunteers and staff Outside one of our charity shops

 

Driving, gardening & maintenance volunteer

At the RSPCA Chesterfield & North Derbyshire branch we need volunteers to carry out driving duties which can involve taking our animals to local veterinary surgeries or emptying our food bins at supermarkets.  We also need help with gardening and general maintenance tasks.  Weekly, monthly or periodically, as much time as you can spare is always appreciated and can make a big difference to the running of our busy animal centre.  If you feel that this kind of volunteering is for you please contact the animal centre today.

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Cruelty Line

To report a mistreated, neglected, injured or distressed animal please call our 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.  Read our cruelty checklist to help you identify the information we may ask for when you contact us.