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How do I volunteer?

Take a look at our latest opportunities on offer, both in your local area and based from home. You can apply straight away through our volunteering portal.

Don't worry if you can't find a suitable vacancy right now. The website is updated regularly, so keep checking for new vacancies and you are sure to find something that interests you.

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What can I expect?

Once shortlisted you'll be invited to an informal chat and, for some roles, you'll need to provide two references. These could be from an employer, community member or friend but not a family member. Once you start volunteering you'll follow a training and induction programme to learn all the skills you need for the role.

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We can't do it without you

Volunteers make a huge contribution to our work to ensure animals have a good life. With such a wide range of volunteering roles available across our network of branches, animal and wildlife centres, there is bound to be a suitable opportunity near you.

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What will I gain?

You’ll be part of the RSPCA family and will have a unique opportunity to be part of the world’s leading animal welfare charity. You’ll meet like-minded people who share the same enthusiasm for and commitment to animal welfare. There are lots of other benefits too, 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
  • developing your personal skills and confidence

As a volunteer, you can gain important transferable skills in fundraising, campaigning, finance, team building, management, computers, and administration - the list is endless.

Who can volunteer?

Anyone can volunteer. We value diversity and encourage volunteers from all sections of the community. Unfortunately, there are limited opportunities for anyone who is under 16 years of age and some restrictions apply in relation to opportunities for those under 18. If you can't find a volunteering opportunity why not consider having some fun fundraising for us instead?

How much time will I have to give?

There are many ways you can help us make a difference, no matter how much time you have available or the level of commitment you can afford to give. Even sharing or liking one of our posts across our social media platforms will add value!

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