Volunteering

Volunteering

We have lots of areas within our busy charity that are regularly in need of volunteers. This means that no matter your experience or abilities, we can accommodate to include you in our team. 

Below are the different volunteering roles you can apply for. 

Dog Walking & Cattery:

These are the most popular roles at Woodside and we occasionally recruit volunteers for these within our Animal Care Team. These roles encompass all aspects of caring for our cats and dogs and can range from walking the many sizes & types of dogs to cat socialisation, cleaning, and grooming.

In the Cattery, volunteers spend time grooming and playing, providing stimulation, and also helping cats develop the socialisation skills which can aid a successful rehoming. To volunteer, you’ll need to have some level of physical strength to be able to pick up cats, but full training will be provided.

When assisting in the kennels, you would play a crucial role in caring for the dogs that are waiting to be re-homed. You’d assist with the feeding, the cleaning & disinfecting routine, and maintaining kennels to a high standard throughout the day. 

We do ask that when applying for these roles, you are able to commit to a regular shift each week to aid our animal care team.

Kennel Assistant

We are currently full, but come back soon to check when we start recruiting again

Dog Walker

We are currently full, but come back soon to check when we start recruiting again

Cattery Assistant

We are currently full, but come back soon to check when we start recruiting again

Pet shop

As a pet shop volunteer, you will be helping to run our shop based at Woodside Animal centre. Your role would include, operating the till and card machines, taking payments for goods sold; greeting customers and helping with any enquiries. It would also include stocking shelves which can involve lifting heavy bags of food. Full training will be provided.

Admin:

Our admin roles are within the busy customer service team, which involves lots of multi-tasking and helping with the general running, rehoming, and visiting areas of the centre. This is a role where you’d be able to experience and understand the inner workings of the charity and support us in keeping its cogs turning.

If you have a good phone voice, are comfortable with talking to customers, taking reservation details, ideally have some computer skills and have fantastic communication skills, then we would love to have you join our volunteer admin team! Contact us for more details.

Receptionist

Professional equality, diversity, and inclusion-champion

Professional training and development co-ordinator

Professional sustainability champion

Volunteer coordinator

Administrator – executive support

Charity Shops:

We have 7 charity shops based in Wigston, Birstall, Hinckley, Blaby, Melton Mowbray,  Whittlesey and Market Deeping. For these shops to run we rely on a team of volunteers to work alongside our shop managers. All the funds raised in our stores, go directly to supporting the animals in our care at Woodside Animal Centre.

Your role within the shop would include, operating the till and card machines, taking payments for goods sold; greeting customers and helping with any enquiries; accepting donated goods; assisting in the stock room with steaming, sorting, and hanging the clothes and replenishing stock in an eye-catching fashion.

If you think you can help us continue to run these shops, then please get in touch.

Charity shop volunteer: BLABY

Charity shop volunteer: MARKET DEEPING

Charity shop volunteer: BIRSTALL

Charity shop volunteer: MELTON MOWBRAY

Charity shop volunteer: WIGSTON

Charity shop volunteer: HINCKLEY

Charity shop volunteer: WHITTLESEY

Events & Fundraising:

If you prefer a more ‘hands-on’ role, then volunteering for our events team will help our centre not only fundraise but create action within our community. During this role, you can help with anything from setting up marquees, to stewarding, to helping us on our stands, to helping with our outreach network within the local Leicestershire area by speaking with the community about our work.

Within our fundraising team, you can join us as a group of friends, work colleagues, students or come on your own you will be made very welcome. If you love to be outdoors and has a few hours available regularly or as a one-off, we would love to hear from you.

Coming soon to Woodside RSPCA Leicester

Events helper

Fundraiser

General:

If you prefer a more ‘hands-on’ role, then volunteering to do general chores or gardening will help our centre clean and tidy. During this role, you can help with anything from DIY, mowing, planting and weeding or perhaps some of the path maintenance jobs. We would welcome any help that you can offer.

Coming soon to Woodside RSPCA Leicester

Maintenance / Gardener

Also keep an eye on social media for other vacancies.

Thank you.

Opening Hours

Centre Open for General Animal Viewing
We are open to the public to have a look around on Thursdays, Saturday and Sundays from 11:00 to 15:00

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Pet Shop and Reception
Open 7 Days a week
Monday - Friday: 08:30 to 16:30
Saturday & Sunday: 09:00 to 16:00

If you are interested in adopting an animal in our care, please go to the animal profile pages and complete the contact forms. Our team will then contact you to discuss the current adoption process.

 

Contact Us

Post:
Woodside Animal Centre
190 Scudamore Road,
Leicester LE3 1UQ

Phone:
General Enquiries: 0116 233 6677
Woodside Pet Shop: 0116 233 6677
RSPCA Cruelty Line: 0300 1234 999

Email: animalcare@rspcaleicester.org.uk

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