You might think that volunteering at Woodside is all about loving animals and wanting to give something back. But that’s only half the story.

As a volunteer at Woodside, you’ll find that donating your time also brings unexpected rewards, such as:

  • Providing a fulfilling occupation during retirement or a career break
  • Meeting like-minded people who also care for animals
  • The satisfaction of knowing you’re making a real difference
  • Plus you’ll be part of a friendly team that’s dedicated to improving the lives of all the animals that arrive at Woodside every week.

We have a range of volunteer opportunities at Woodside including:

  • Dog walking and socialising
  • Cat socialising
  • Small animal socialising
  • Fundraising and admin roles
  • Charity shop volunteering
  • Reception work
  • Home visiting

Ideally, we like you to commit to a set number of hours per week, but you can also volunteer as and when you have free time.

Current Volunteering Opportunities

  • Home Visitors
    Before our animals go to a new home we do home checks to ensure that the home has a secure garden and that all the family are aware of the responsibilities of pet ownership We also need to ensure that they can provide a forever home for the animal. Full training will be given for all of these areas prior to you starting. Applicants must be over the age of 25 and have a full driving license and good communication skills and a friendly manner. Help Woodside animal centre by becoming one of our Home visitors. Home visits are a vital part of our dog and cat re-homing process. The importance of this role cannot be understated. If you would like to know more please call our volunteer coordinator Lydia Hallam on 0116 224 2437 The position is voluntary but mileage costs will be covered. Please contact Lydia on 0116 2242 437 or vc@rspcaleicester.org.uk Thank you.
  • Charity Shop Assistant
    Assist with the day-to-day running of the shop under the direction of the Shop Manager. Deputise for the Shop Manager. Continue to develop merchandising strategies, to ensure efficient sorting, preparation and display practices are followed by volunteers. Continue to seek alternative outlets for disposal of merchandise at the highest level. Develop with the Shop Manager good relations with jewellers, auctioneers, dealers and collectors in pursuit of valuations and appropriate alternative outlets. Be aware of current trends and competitor’s activities and action, in conjunction with the Shop Manager, appropriate sales opportunities. To be aware of fund-raising potential within the shops arena and encourage opportunities. Ensure the highest level of payment is received for rags and other items of non-salable goods with a disposal value. Ensure all Health & Safety, Trading Standards, Retail Law and Charity Commission trading legislation is complied with and that the terms of the Shop lease are not contravened. Continue and maintain good hygiene and housekeeping practices. In the absence of the Shop Manager are able to run the day to day operation.
  • Receptionist
    Volunteer as a receptionist at Woodside and help the smooth running of our centre by greeting visitors and answering the phone. As a volunteer receptionist you will be the first port of call for the many visitors coming to the centre, acknowledging them when they first arrive. You will be required to answer visitor queries where possible, or direct them to a member of staff. You may also be required to explain the rehoming procedure and help visitors fill in paperwork.This is an ideal role for an organised, confident and flexible individual, who empathises with the aims of Woodside Animal centre part of the independent RSPCA branch network.The minimum age for our volunteer is 16 years.
  • Web Content Manager
    A web content manager is responsible for the information that appears on the organisations website. They work closely with project teams, editors, developers and designers to coordinate the site content and make sure it caters to the needs of the target audience. If you have excellent writing skills, are well organised and can motivate this could be for you. in this role you will need lots of creative ideas and the ability to work to deadlines. This role can be also be done at home.
  • Telephone & Administration Assistant
    The purpose of this position is to be first point of access to members of the public who contact the centre via our telephone lines with a wide variety of enquiries and to give the correct information in a professional and helpful manner. To be able to identify the needs of the caller and direct the call to the appropriate place when necessary. The role also includes helping with a variety of administration duties. Although no specific qualifications are needed, you will need to have the following skills: A pleasant and friendly manner Be good at listening Enjoy helping people Be dependable We ask for a time commitment of regular hours from 9.00am-5.00pm with either a full day or a shift of 9.00am-1.00pm or 1.00pm-5.00pm. Weekend hours are also available. Full training and ongoing support will be provided for this opportunity. Age Requirement: 16 years and above

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  • Please let us know how you would like to make a difference. Remember, all of our volunteer roles help our animals in one way or another. The more options you select the bigger the difference you make.

Support what we do

Although Woodside Animal Centre is proud to be part of the independent RSPCA branch network, we would like to emphasise that we are an independently funded branch that depends on the generosity of donations.

By Supporting us you could help us to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home an animal in Leicestershire today.