Volunteering guidelines

Welcome to our team. Thank you for offering your time to help animals. Please read the points below before you start as a volunteer:

  1. A "volunteer" is a person who commits time and energy for the benefit of animal welfare and who does so freely through personal choice, without expectation of financial reward, except for the reimbursement of actual out of pocket expenses.
  2. The volunteering arrangement can be cancelled at any time by either party, no legally binding contract is in place.
  3. All volunteers are covered by the RSPCA's liability and personal accident insurance policy. It is the volunteer's responsibility to check the terms of the cover provided and obtain additional cover if necessary.
  4. We aim to ensure that volunteers understand clearly their role and are provided with appropriate information on policies and guidelines.  Failure to adhere to policies may result in you being asked to cease volunteering.
  5. You may wish to volunteer for the national RSPCA, Registered charity number 219099 or you may wish to volunteer for your local RSPCA Branch, a separate volunteer run charity with its own charity number. Find out more about your Local RSPCA branch. Some policies may vary depending on where you volunteer (for example expenses).
  6. For certain volunteer roles you will be asked to provide two referees, one of which should know you in a professional capacity.
  7. Volunteer roles involving contact with children/vulnerable groups are subject to a check by the Disclosure and Barring service, this will be indicated in the role information.
  8. Regular volunteers for the national Society will be provided with a copy of our Volunteer code of conduct, Policy on volunteering (which covers the principles of volunteering with the RSPCA) and Volunteer expenses policy.
  9. Volunteers must respect the need for confidentiality whenever they have access to restricted charity information.
  10. As a volunteer you should take reasonable care of your own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by your actions. 
  11. Volunteers must ensure any fundraising activities adhere to published RSPCA policies and guidelines, please refer to our fundraising terms and conditions for more detail.
  12. Age restrictions apply to certain volunteer roles in accordance with our insurance cover.
  13. If you are under 18, we require consent of your parents / guardian before you can volunteer. In some roles under 16's must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  14. If you do something that threatens or damages the reputation of the RSPCA we will ask you to stop volunteering immediately.
  15. As a volunteer you must fully support the aims and objectives of the RSPCA.

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