Our Animal Centre can have up 100 animals on site at one given time, and as such the environment can be quite loud and very busy – with animals and humans! By assisting staff in taking care of a wide variety of animals, volunteering can be incredibly rewarding and is a great opportunity to make new friends. Animal Care work is heavily manual based and duties include handling, exercising, grooming, feeding and cleaning kennels and pens.
Dog walking is a vital part of being an Animal Care Volunteer and we are heavily reliant upon volunteers to make sure this is done on a regular basis to encourage our animals to become used to walking on the lead, being socialised and for general fitness.
We ask that you are able to start your first couple of days with us at 9:00am as this when we can introduce you to the cleaning and feeding procedures that we have in place. Once a Dog Walking induction has been completed, the role becomes a lot more flexible and should you have a couple of hours free in the afternoon, you are more than welcome to come and walk our dogs!
Through being part of the team that the public first come into contact with, it is important that you are outgoing, friendly, possess basic computer skills and have experience within customer service. Being a Volunteer Receptionist includes duties such as answering the telephone, helping the public with their queries, data entry and generally assisting visitors at the Animal Centre. Due to our opening hours, we only require assistance between the hours of 10am and 4pm Tuesday to Sunday.
Charity Shop Volunteer
Our Branch has a Charity Shop situated in Chesterfield town centre outside the Market Hall and is therefore in a great location to build awareness about the work of the Animal Centre. As part of a small team, volunteers in the Charity Shop carry out a range of duties including interacting with customers, money handling, steaming clothes and assisting the Shop Managers with sorting stock. Those interested in becoming a volunteer within the shop ideally need to have experience within customer service, have a flexible approach to working and are able to work as part of a team.
Being a part of the Fundraising and Events team is always a varied, exciting and rewarding! This role covers everything from prepping for events, speaking at school assemblies, and attending supermarket collections, all in the aim of building our awareness within the local community. As our fundraising opportunities vary in number every week, volunteers are only needed on an ad hoc basis normally for a couple of hours at a time, and as such is one of the most flexible roles we have to offer. As an independent charity, raising funds is vital to ensuring that our animal welfare work continues on and that we can help more animals in the future find new loving homes.
We are looking for people who are friendly, personable, enjoy meeting others, have an interest in animal welfare and are able to present a positive and informative image of the Branch.
If you are unable to commit to such a role, perhaps you would be interested in contributing to our cause on a more independent basis? Many of our supporters, for example, find it rewarding to arrange events in aid of our Animal Centre and to encourage people in the community to support the animals we care for and re-home. Planning an event with friends such as a coffee morning or coordinating a collection of donated items in your neighbourhood for our charity shop are great ways to support local animal welfare whilst also meeting other animal-lovers like yourself.