On Wednesday 30th June RSPCA Doncaster, Rotherham and District Branch hosted a lunch to thank their team of volunteers for their ongoing support. The local RSPCA Branch relies on the generous assistance from the volunteers to support the work of their Animal Centre, fundraising activities and Charity Shops. The volunteers are a real asset to the Branch, who would not be able to undertake the vital rehabilitation and rehoming work that they do without them.
Sarah Jenkins, the Fundraising and Volunteers Manager for the Branch said, “We would like to thank all of our volunteers for giving up their time to come and volunteer, even more so this last year when it was safe to do so, this is both at our Animal Centre and in the shops. Without you all we would not be where we are today, we are extremely lucky to have such a dedicated volunteer team so thank you.”
Why volunteer? There are a number of reasons why you may lend your time to a good cause. From learning new skills to meeting new people volunteering can be beneficial for both you and your chosen organisation. Most Charities have had a tough year with income sources decreasing but demands upon their services growing therefore any additional help can reap huge benefits.
Colin Dawson chose to volunteer as he had just retired and was looking for something to do. He said, “Having adopted from the RSPCA before, dog walking appealed which is how I started as a volunteer for the Centre. I have gone on to help at fundraising events and now do grounds and maintenance which I enjoy.”
Find the right role for you. There are lots of different ways you can lend a hand. For instance RSPCA Doncaster, Rotherham and District Branch have various roles including assisting the animal care team, offering animals a foster home and working in their charity shops and at events to help raise vital funds. There are also Trustee vacancies available for those with skills in Income Generation, Finance, HR, Legal and Marketing.
Cathryn Kirby became a Trustee for the Branch recently and said, “being a trustee is interesting and rewarding. It’s also a great way to keep your mind active as you learn more about how the organisation works. You can be flexible with how much time you give too, and there are opportunities to get involved in a variety of ways.”
Get the timing right. It is possible to volunteer even if you don’t have much spare time. It is best to be realistic about the hours you can give, even just helping occasionally at events can provide immeasurable support. The most important attribute a volunteer can have is reliability.
Still not sure if volunteering is for you? The staff at the centre are always happy to discuss possible volunteering roles and the NVCO website gives lots of useful information about volunteering. Sarah Fenech, a volunteer in one of the Branch’s Charity Shops tells us, “I would highly recommend volunteering for the RSPCA, either in the shops or at the centre, as it is so rewarding and the teams are just lovely.”
About RSPCA Doncaster, Rotherham and District Branch
A local and independent charity who work to rehabilitate and rehome animals from the region community. There are many ways to help us with our mission to rehome and rehabilitate animals including volunteering, leaving a legacy, donating cash or goods, sponsoring us through our Safe Haven programme and attending our events. We have
charity shops at Bawtry, Maltby, Rossington and Thorne as well as an EBay shop. At the Animal Centre, we rehome the animals in our care and have a pet supplies store on site and online for all your requirements. We also provide a pet cremation service and a memorial garden for your beloved pets. To donate £5, text ‘RSPCADRB’ to 70085.