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Volunteer for us

Volunteering for us is one enjoyable way of helping animal welfare and can be very rewarding. Our volunteers make a huge contribution to the work we do to prevent cruelty, promote kindness to and alleviate suffering of animals.

We can't do it without you

As a separately registered charity RSPCA Scarborough and District branch is self-funding and responsible for all our own business decisions, whilst following national policies and guidelines. Our Committee members meet monthly and are responsible for the decision making. We always need volunteers to do home visits, work in the shop and to help with events and fundraising.

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What will I gain?

Volunteering with us is a great way to meet like-minded people who share the same enthusiasm for 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, team building, computers, administration – the list is endless.

Who can volunteer?

Anyone can volunteer. We value diversity and encourage volunteers from all sections of the community.

Unfortunately, though there are limited opportunities for anyone who is under 16 years of age and some restrictions apply in relation to opportunities for under 18's. If you can't find a volunteering opportunity why not consider having some fun fundraising for us instead.

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How do I volunteer?

If you’d like to find out more please call 01723 369804 or email branchadmin@rspca-scarborough.org.uk and find out more about getting involved.

Before you join us as a volunteer, you will be asked to complete a volunteer application form, attend an informal interview and provide referees for us to contact (depending upon the role you are applying for). When you start as a volunteer you will be provided with an induction programme and any training you may need to carry out the role.

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.

Search our volunteer opportunities to find your perfect volunteer role - your time can make a real difference to animal welfare.

Event Staff: Every year we hold various events in the town, we need help from volunteers to help run stalls, collect money, help set up and clear away. It is always good fun at our events and a great way to get out and about and meet new people, PLUS you get to help raise money to help our animals.

Home Visitors: The home visitor goes into the home of a potential adopter, by appointment, to assess the home environment and family to ensure that we find the right homes for our animals. They always have the full backup of their coordinator and full training will be given.

Shop Volunteers: Our charity shop is located in Scarborough and is a busy outlet as well as doubling up as our headquarters. Experience is not necessary as full training will be given.

Become a trustee: Our branch is run by a committee of volunteer trustees who are responsible for managing the affairs of the branch. Committees meet monthly and the work is shared between the branch officers and the other committee members. If you are a member of the RSPCA and would like to be part of the committee you can apply in the run up to the AGM which is held every May. Please get in touch to discuss this in more detail.