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Volunteering

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 variety of different roles that we offer, such as fundraising events, driving duties, helping at our Charity Shop or assisting with animal care at our Centre or through Home Visiting.

Without the continued and generous support of our team of dedicated volunteers, our Animal Centre would not operate as efficiently and effectively as it does. RSPCA branches are self-funding charities which means we are heavily reliant upon our community support.

There are many great benefits to becoming a volunteer with the RSPCA; not only is it a fantastic way to meet like-minded people who share the same enthusiasm for animal welfare, but it is also a great way to gain a new, or develop existing, skill sets. Volunteering also enables you to try something new, to gain a sense of purpose and achievement, and gives you the fulfilment that comes with giving back to your local community.

As you may know, we are currently working towards our 'Rebuild Appeal' which will transform our Animal Centre into a state of the art safe haven for neglected, abused and abandoned animals. As we are a local independent charity, fundraising is a huge aspect of the work we undertake, and from May 1st 2015, we will be asking all volunteers who wish to become involved with the work we do at the RSPCA to contribute a few shifts per year towards building awareness of our cause. This may include attending a Store or Street Collection for a couple of hours, collecting Collection Boxes from local businesses, or helping out at our different events. For more information about this appeal visit www.chesterfieldanimalcentrerebuild.org.uk.

If you have time to spare and are interested in helping our cause, you can apply to become a volunteer by using our secure online Volunteer Application Form. Alternatively you can come down to 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. for further information

Please be aware that following the Application and Interview process, volunteers are selected for activities based on their experience, skills and availability. Although we do our best to accommodate interested volunteers, the types and numbers of openings for volunteers vary considerably throughout the year, and as such we are unable to accept every application we receive. But should this be the case, we would encourage you to consider other avenues which can contribute to the work we do with the animals, for example planning sponsored events, or even just collecting your pennies in one of our Rebuild Tubes! Every little bit helps!

Thank you for reading, and we look forward to hearing from you! We currently have volunteering opportunities in the following areas:

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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 please contact the animal centre on 01246 273358 or

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Homevisitor

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.

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 a charity shop in the Chesterfield Market Hall situated in the town centre.  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 shop 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 shop please call 01246 270293.

 

Charity shop Charity shop

 

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.