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March 2019

Volunteer Shop Assistant

We currently have a number of vacancies for a Volunteer Shop Assistant in our charity shop based in Bishop’s Stortford.


Charity Shop Manager Vacancy

The Stort Valley Branch is an independent Branch of the RSPCA, which provides assistance with animal welfare concerns throughout it’s allocated area.

The Branch is opening a charity shop, located in Bishops Stortford , which is open from Monday to Saturday between the hours of 9am and 4.30pm.  The shop will generate income to help cover the cost of the animals in its care, as well as enabling it to provide much needed help towards the cost of veterinary care for pets owned by people facing financial hardship.
We currently have a vacancy for a Manager to help with the running of the shop.

The successful applicants will be required to work 4 to 5 days per week, which will include some weekends. The vacancy is initially for a 3 month contract. They will also be required to ensure that their duties are carried out in accordance with current legislation and the policies and procedures set by the Branch.
Duties will include: –
* Taking responsibility for the shop premises, ensuring it is kept clean, safe, tidy
* Ensure that all departments are displayed appropriately
* Be responsible for the security of the shop
* Maintain an up to date record of all key holders
* To help manage volunteers
* Delegate tasks according to volunteers’ strengths
* Identify training needs and ensure training needs are met
* Maintain a staffing rota, making sure there is adequate shop cover at all times
* Encourage team building and an active involvement in shop activities, as well as the wider activities of the Branch
* Ensure that staff and volunteers adhere to Branch policies
* Maintain an accurate record of attendance of all staff and volunteers
* To operate effective stock management systems to realise the maximum profit possible
* The supervision of sorting, preparation for sale and pricing of stock
* The use of a clear sorting and pricing policy
* The identification, valuation and sale of items that may be of significant resale value
* To enforce a strict stock rotation
* To maintain an attractive window display at all times using the “minimalist” policy
* To ensure a weekly stock take is maintained for all purchased goods
* To undertake promotional events where appropriate
* To aid the generation of donations of stock by encouraging donations direct to the shop
* To complete all administrative duties as required by the Trustees, charity law and trading legislation
* Maintain an accurate account of the shop financial activities, which will include daily reconciling the takings and banking on a daily basis
* Ensuring strict security is applied to unbanked cash at all times
* Communicate figures to the Trustees on a weekly basis
* Communicate any significant unexplained variances in takings to the Trustees as soon as possible
* Achieve sales targets and
* Ensure operating expenses are maintained within budgeted costs
* To attend management meetings, as requested
* To attend any appropriate development training courses
* To undertake any other duties, which may arise and fall logically within the remit of shop manager.
Job Types: Part-time, Contract
Salary: £8.30 per hour raising to £9.50 after 3months
* Charity retail: 2 years (Required)
* UK Driving (Preferred)

September 2018

New Opening Hours from 2nd January 2019

GWith effect from 2nd January 2019 our opening hours will be:

Vet Clinic:

Monday 10.45am – 3.30pm

Tuesday 10.45am – 1.30pm

Wednesday 10.15am – 3.30pm

Thursday 10.15am – 3.30pm

Advice Centre:

Tuesday 1.30pm – 3.30pm

March 2017

We are now offering the Kennel Cough vaccination

We offer a cat/dog vaccination service to clients of our Clinic.  To be able to use this service, you must meet the eligibility criteria for clients of our Branch.

For more information regarding vaccinating your pets, please refer to RSPCA Vaccinating Your Pet advice.


FULL COURSE, including Leukemia  (includes general healthcheck) – £37.00

BOOSTER, including Leukemia  – £22.00


FULL COURSE, excluding kennel cough (includes general healthcheck)  – £40.00

BOOSTER – £24.00

KENNEL COUGH – £10.00, when vaccination is given with the FULL COURSE or BOOSTER vaccinations

July 2016

We now operate an appointments system for veterinary clinic sessions

We are aware that clients were often waiting a couple of hours to see our vet and we therefore introduced an appointments system.

Appointments can be made by telephoning or calling into the clinic during opening hours, including during advice clinic sessions; they can also be made when return visits are necessary.


kelly twin foster

Homeward bound! RSPCA reunites dog with owners after NINE years

A dog from Braintree, Essex was reunited with his family last Friday (26 June) – nine years after going missing – after being handed into an RSPCA branch 30 miles away


Thanks to the RSPCA Stort Valley branch staff, 13 year-old Jack Russell terrier Foster, is now back in his own bed after he was stolen near to his home in White Notley, Foster’s delighted owner Kelly Twin said: “It’s just amazing to have him home. We had given up hope and can’t quite believe he’s back. “But for him, it’s like he never went away, he’s settled back in perfectly.”

Staff at RSPCA Stort Valley branch in Harlow took little Foster in their care on Friday 17 June after he was brought in by neighbours of a lady who had sadly recently died. It is thought that the lady had owned Foster for several years, not knowing that he had been stolen during a break in to a family home several years previously.

The neighbours who took Foster to the RSPCA Stort Valley branch told staff that he was microchipped, and then to limit stress, Foster was taken into a temporary foster home straight away.

RSPCA Stort Valley branch staff member Marion Wellsman said: “All we knew was that Foster had come in after his owner had passed away, we didn’t have any reason to think there was any more to it. He was due to come back into the branch for a health check so it wasn’t until a week later that we scanned his microchip to have the details changed, and discovered that he was actually chipped to another address, and had been reported as stolen!” Marion added: “Kelly and her family were overwhelmed when I called them to tell them we had Foster in our care, it was a lovely call to make. Foster is a dear old chap and we are delighted he has made his way back to his owners.”

Foster has settled back into family life with no trouble whatsoever, and has even made a new best friend. Kelly said: “We have another dog Marmite who we got a a year after Foster was stolen. The two are the best of friends already, it’s lovely to see. “Foster was also really pleased to see my 10 year old daughter, Daisy (pictured above with Foster and Marmite.) She was almost two when he went missing and as soon as he saw her her was sniffing around her and was so excited. I really can’t believe it all, it’s a dream come true.”

Since April 6th this year, it is now a legal requirement for dogs to be microchipped.

Kelly added: “Foster’s story really proves just why it is so important for dogs to be microchipped – in our case, that little tiny chip reunited us with our little dog, something we thought would never happen.”

June 2016

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Neutering


Please help stop the destruction of healthy animals; our shelters are full to bursting point with unwanted Staffordshire Bull Terrier dogs.  We are running a campaign to assist financially with the neutering of these dogs.

We are now offering these vouchers for £30 each for use at specified vets only.

These vets are: Kew Vets, Vets4Pets (Harlow), Vets & Pets, Bishop’s Stortford Veterinary Hospital and Mercer & Hughes.

To qualify for assisted neutering you must be in receipt of a means tested benefit or a Senior Citizen in receipt of a State Pension.

 Proof of Benefit must be shown when applying for a voucher.

The client can call into our clinic during opening hours on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon to pay for and collect their voucher, they may choose which vet they use from the list below and will pay us the price of the voucher.

Vets4Pets, Harlow – 01279 770104

*** You may be offered a Pre-op blood test prior to neutering ***

This will be cheaper if taken at our clinic

Client pays;     £30.00 for males or females

Bishops Stortford Veterinary Hospital – 01279 654108

Rye Street, Bishops Stortford

Client pays;     £30.00 for males or females

Vets and Pets – 01992 478657

Unit 11B, Nazeing Glass Ind. Estate, Nazeing New Road, Broxbourne

To use Vets & Pets your dog must be weighed first at this clinic

Client pays;     £30.00 for males or females

J A C Kews – 01279 422066

11 Wych Elm, The High, Harlow

Client pays;     £30.00 for males or females

Mercer & Hughes

Stansted 01279 813780

Great Dunmow 01371 872836

Saffron Walden 01799 522082

Client pays;     £30.00 for males or females

May 2016

JustText Giving


We need your help to continue our vital animal welfare work locally.

To make a donation please text SBVT15 followed by £2/£5/£10 to 70070.

Texts cost your standard network rate plus the amount you are donating.

December 2015


Charity volunteer Marion completes 20 years of service

An RSPCA volunteer who has completed 20 years of service with the animal welfare charity has been hailed a hero by her colleagues.

As treasurer and co-ordinator of the RSPCA’s Stort Valley branch, Marion Wellsman has overseen public donations, accounts and membership.

Colleague Marie Shaw said: “She has completed seven days a week of unpaid work for 20 years and I feel she deserves some recognition.

“It is a full-on job as we have to be on call all of the time. Marion has done so much for the town in her time and she should be celebrated.”

Mrs Wellsman, who lives in Harlow, worked as an accountant before joining the RSPCA after she retired in 1995.

She was part of the original core team that opened the branch’s animal clinic and advice centre in The Stow in 1997 and has worked hard to serve the community ever since.

Mrs Shaw added: “We currently have nine staff and are always on the lookout for more people to help.”

Anyone interested should phone 01279 306058.

March 2015


‘Snip and Chip’ Event – Wednesday 25th March

We asked people to bring their cats along to our clinic between 2 – 6pm on the day if they were not microchipped or neutered. They were microchipped on the day and an appointment made for them to be neutered at JAC Kews, Harlow, North Weald Vets or any Walton Lodge branch.

No appointment was necessary, people just brought £10 cash purr cat to our clinic at 23 The Stow, Harlow, CM20 3AN

We saw 51 cats! – It was a great success  and we hope to do this again sometime

We saw 51 cats! – It was a great success

If you missed this event please come along to our clinic during opening hours (see our clinic page for times) and get a neutering voucher for £10, microchips are £10 per cat or dog.


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