Basingstoke & Andover Branch
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Volunteering

We rely on our volunteers and couldn’t help animals in our local area without the amazing people who donate their time to support us.  If you have ever wondered about volunteering but stopped because of the following questions then take a look at the answers, we might be just what you are looking for.

I'm not sure volunteering is for me, what would I get out of it?
Do I have any of the skills or experience needed?
I'd need to commit lots of time wouldn't I?

If there aren't any specific volunteer vacancies using the search link below, please get in touch, we are always looking for people to help and happy to chat through the options.

Why Volunteer?

Our volunteers all have their own reasons for volunteering so we'll leave them to explain.

"I had recovered from a serious medical procedure and saw volunteering as a way of giving back. I enjoy giving some of my time to help" (John)

"Volunteering keeps me active and I like helping raise money for all the animals that we help" (Barbara)

"After losing my husband I needed something to do and volunteering helped me. I love socialising with everyone at the shop and have made some good friends" (Eve)

"My volunteering started as a placement through college and I have enjoyed it so I still help at the RSPCA shop even though my placement has finished" (Daniel)

"I Like raising money for the charity and the variety of things to do especially window displays and eBay. I get to meet new people and make a difference" (Jo)

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What can I do?

Fundraise – it isn’t just about rattling a collection tin!  Help at local functions such as summer fetes or Christmas fairs by setting up and manning a stall.  Organise a sponsored walk, quiz night or bake cakes to raise funds.  Don’t fancy leaving your own home then organise fundraising activities online.  Check our Fundraising page for more inspiration.

Help in the shop – don’t fancy working on the till then how about sorting our donations, cleaning up donated items, pricing, creating shop or window displays and up-cycling!  If DIY is your thing or you are good with electrics then we always have maintenance jobs or Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) needing to be done. Unfortunately, our current shop has had to close it's doors for the final time. To find out more and to see how you can help, continue reading here

eBay seller – put your creative digital skills to good use photographing donated items in our branch shop and posting enticing eBay listings.  Successful sales will also need packaging and posting to ensure our customers receive a great service and we get excellent reviews.

Home Visits – train to become a home visitor and enjoy the satisfaction of helping our animals and prospective adopters find their perfect match.  We always carry out home checks for dogs, cats and rabbits as part of our How to Adopt process.

Deliver & Collect – use your own vehicle or the branch van to either transport animals to and from foster homes or veterinary practices.  Not comfortable with animals then collect items donated to the shop from members of the public.

Foster - we are always looking for foster homes for unwanted cats and dogs. Our fosterers provide our rescued animals with a temporary home until they can be adopted.  Previous animal care experience would be of benefit and a home visit is required to ensure your suitability.

Campaign – as a branch of the RSPCA we work with headquarters to promote improved animal welfare and associated environmental factors.  Help us reach our goals by connecting with people or organisations to identify influencers and raise awareness.  

Branch governance – as an independent charity we are governed by guidelines of operation.  We are always looking for people with an interest in animal welfare willing to use either their professional or personal skills to benefit the branch and become a committee member.

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Do I have enough time?

You can make a difference by donating just 2 hours a week or even a month so contact us if you feel you may be able to help and we’ll find the right role for you. Please bear in mind that some roles, for example the home visitor, would require a longer term commitment due to the level of training provided and obviously if you are thinking of fostering this would require a more significant time commitment.

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Current vacancies

Sorry but our volunteer search is not working so please ignore the "Find a Volunteering Opportunity" and see our volunteer current vacancies page.

Want to help ? Please visit our volunteer section to find out more about what you can do.

View volunteering opportunities at Basingstoke & Andover Branch

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