Volunteering with Freshfields
We have a huge variety of roles here at Freshfields that we are dependent upon our volunteers to fill. We value them for their enthusiasm and commitment to the charity and we encourage them to get involved in all aspects of the work we do. Without reliable volunteers we couldn't achieve the positive outcomes for the hundreds of animals and birds we rescue each year. Our volunteers are valued greatly by us all!
So what is volunteering all about?
Across our two rescue centres and ten charity shops Freshfields is supported by a pool of approximately 250 volunteers. Whilst working hands on with the animals is without doubt the most popular of available roles, we also rely upon volunteers to represent Freshfields at events, help staff with reception and administration duties, help us raise vital funds, make home visits prior to animal adoptions, foster animals, exercise our dogs, represent us in our charity shops and a host of other roles besides.
The contribution made by our volunteers is something we are incredibly grateful for. Your donations of time and expertise are priceless and we are so appreciative of your willingness to help.
Why volunteer with us?
Many of our volunteers join us for reasons that remain very personal to them and those reasons are so many and varied it would be impossible to list them all. That said, enthusiasm and commitment to animal welfare is something that as part of this organisation we all have in common. Volunteering is of itself an incredibly rewarding experience, and beyond that it's an opportunity to develop your own skills, learn entirely new and transferable ones and make a positive difference every day. Experiences with Freshfields, the animals we rescue and the communities we work with have not only enhanced CV's but have also been known to prompt complete career changes! It's amazing how self-confidence and insight can grow as a result of helping dogs, cats and other poor creatures in desperate need. And not forgetting of course, the new friendships (both two and four legged) that can be forged along the way.
How to volunteer
Current volunteer positions are advertised on our volunteer vacancies page. Each vacancy has a link to our online application form and successful applicants will be asked to attend for an informal interview. We do ask that you think carefully about the level of commitment you can offer before applying because whilst reliability is vital with all roles for some we do require more regular attendance than with others.
Please note: All volunteers must be over 16 years of age and some roles are only available to those aged 18 or above. A limited number of work experience placements are available each year but we are currently unable to offer support for Duke of Edinburgh award schemes.