A: Anyone can apply for our available roles, though unfortunately, we cannot accept volunteers who are under 18 years of age (for insurance reasons). Though our younger supporters who are unable to volunteer for us, could consider helping us to raise vital funds instead - why not visit our Get Inspired page to find out more!
A: All of our current volunteer positions are advertised on our Volunteer Vacancies page. To apply for a role click on the role title and follow the instructions on that page – there is usually a volunteer application form to download and complete, please make sure that you have read the role description before you apply. We don’t accept speculative CV's, and do not maintain a waiting list for roles – so do keep checking back if you haven’t found a suitable role on this occasion.
A: Volunteers are at the heart of all that we do, and support us in all areas of our work. We have volunteers that help with street collections, fundraising events, office admin, laundry, and dog walking – right through to volunteer animal care assistants. Have a look at our Volunteering - Everything you need to know page to view some of the roles that our volunteers do, and then head over to our current Volunteer Vacancies to see what areas we need help and support with at the moment.
A: Volunteering 'hands on' with the animals in our care is by far our most popular role. To allow us to handle the number of applications we receive, and to ensure that our staff are able to provide the necessary training and support for these roles. We only operate specific recruitment drives as and when we have space on these volunteer programmes. Please keep an eye out on our Volunteer Vacancies page for the roles to appear.
A: This totally depends on the roles(s) that you wish to apply for. Some roles ask for a minimum time commitment e.g. 4 hours per week for at least 6 months for Volunteer Animal Care Assistant roles; the is due to the levels of training and support we need to provide for these roles. However, volunteer roles within our Fundraising Team can be much more flexible, as an event volunteer you may have only 1 day a year that you are able to commit to; and this is perfect for helping us at our Christmas Fair, Open Day or perhaps a supermarket collection.
A: Our volunteers need to be aged 18+ for insurance reasons. Our younger supporters could consider helping us to raise vital funds instead, our Get Inspired page has lots of great ideas, and our Fundraising Team are here to help every step of the way!
A: This depends on the role, experience is always useful of course, but so is a friendly attitude and a willingness to learn and get stuck in! Please consult the individual role descriptions for desirable skills and experience.
A: As well as practical benefits, like gaining new skills or developing existing ones, volunteering with us is a great way to meet like-minded people who share the same enthusiasm for animal welfare. There are lots of other benefits too, such as
• the chance to try out something new
• doing something useful and rewarding
• gaining a sense of achievement
• putting something back into the community
• developing your personal skills and confidence
As a volunteer you can gain important transferable skills in fundraising, animal care, team building, administration - the list is endless.
Our volunteers all receive role specific training, out of pocket expenses, volunteer t-shirts and the chance to work with us at Bristol’s oldest and largest animal rescue charity!
If you would like to read more about life as a volunteer at Bristol A.R.C., click here to read our volunteer stories.
A: Yes we do! Whether your staff want to volunteer to fundraise for us, donate time to help out for a day or use their skills to support us - there are plenty of ways to get involved and help make a difference. However - we are a really small team, and receive lots of requests each month from local companies and teams who want to volunteer (mind you who wouldn't want to come and be around our lovely animals!). For this reason, our corporate volunteer days get booked up really quickly - head on over to our corporate-volunteer day's page for further details.
A: We don't currently have any animal foster roles at The Rehoming Centre.
A: Unfortunately, we are not able to offer any work experience placements at Bristol Animal Rescue Centre.