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October 2019

Veterinary Assistant Volunteer Opportunity

We are looking for a volunteer vet assistant to help in our busy clinic based in Harlow.

This role involves helping the vet during consult by holding animals, cleaning up and assisting where necessary. You do not have to have previous experience as all training will be given but a basic knowledge of computing is needed.

This is a part-time role with hours to be agreed.

If you would like to apply for the role please email clinic@rspcastortvalley.org.uk

June 2019

Volunteer Fundraising Coordinator

 

We need a Fundraising Coordinator to establish a fundraising strategy for the branch, and thereafter to maintain momentum for the branch fundraising programme through the recruitment and retention of volunteers.

Key activities

In conjunction with the committee and/or the Branch Support Specialist, produce a fundraising plan and budget, to be agreed and adopted by the committee, dedicated to raising funds for the branch.
Control and monitor the branch fundraising plan.
Identify fundraising jobs and help recruit volunteers to fill them.

Times & preferred duration of commitment

To suit the individual but reporting to the committee at monthly meetings.

Experience / skills / knowledge / personal qualities required

Experience of fundraising desirable, good people management, organisational and motivational skills essential.

For further information contact:

Please email
clinic@rspcastortvalley.org.uk

Trustee Vacancy

Do you have professional expertise you could use to help a good cause? Are you passionate about animal welfare? We are looking for Trustees to manage the affairs of the Stort Valley Branch to promote and provide animal welfare within the branch area. As a trustee of a branch, you will have the chance to influence how we care for and prevent cruelty to animals. The position is home based, but meetings generally take place in Harlow. The Branch have a veterinary clinic in Harlow and a charity shop in Bishop’s Stortford.

Key activities

To work with your fellow trustees and branch officers and jointly act in making decisions for the best interest of the branch and the RSPCA. Ensure the branch meets all the minimum animal welfare standards and look at ways of improving delivery of services which aid animal welfare locally.
Get involved with income generation, planning, marketing and help drive the charity forward.
In time, you will be familiar with the aims of the RSPCA, the branch rules and policies.
To actively participate in branch committee meetings and to attend the branch annual general meeting.
You will have the opportunity to attend other regional and national meetings as well as the chance to work on smaller focus groups looking at particular areas of branch activity.
To welcome new trustees and volunteers to the branch.
It’s a great way to meet like-minded people who share your enthusiasm for animal welfare. You will have the opportunity to gain new skills and develop existing ones, whilst making a real difference to the lives of animals. Trustee training is provided and on-going support will be available.

Times & preferred duration of commitment

Monthly Committee Meetings are generally 2-3 hours in duration. Above that we are looking for someone with the right attitude to lead and drive our animal welfare charity. Ideally you will be able to devote an average of 2-3 hours per week to this.

Experience / skills / knowledge / personal qualities required

Most people aged 18 or over are eligible to become a trustee.
You will need to be able to work with people and have good interpersonal skills.
You do not need to be an expert although commitment, common sense and the ability to be objective is vital.
Specific skills such as IT, finance, fundraising, project management, business experience, awareness of employment and/or charity legislation can be useful, but not essential.
New RSPCA trustees are provided with a document “Guidance for Branch Trustees” and asked to attend a training course which provides information and guidance about a trustee’s role and responsibilities.
Ongoing support is also provided by regional and national RSPCA staff in addition to any additional training provided by the relevant branch.
Reasonable out of pocket expenses may be claimed.

Please email clinic@rspcastortvalley.org.uk if you are interested in this position.

May 2019

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OPENING OF NEW CHARITY SHOP

We are delighted to announce that our new charity shop has opened at 2 The Dells, South Street, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 3AB.

 

We sell all kinds of interesting items, including designer and high-end ladies and men’s clothing and footwear, children’s clothing and great bric-a-brac.  Please pop along and say Hello and grab yourself a bargain.

 

Our shop raises funds in order for us to help animals in the local area and also to support our subsidised clinic.  We are always in need of donations, so if you have any items you no longer need please pop them into the shop or to our clinic in The Stow, Harlow.

 

The shop is also currently looking for volunteers to help with sorting and processing donations and helping our lovely customers.  If you are interested in applying, please email us at volunteer@rspcastortvalley.org.uk.

March 2019

Volunteer Shop Assistant

If you’re looking to build up your work experience, enhance your CV, gain a new reference, meet new people or just do what you can to help out a local charity, why not consider volunteering with us at the RSPCA Charity Shop in Bishop’s Stortford?

We’re looking for volunteers to help out for at least one morning or afternoon a week (of course you’re always welcome to do more!) in our new premises at 2, The Dells, Bishops Stortford.

You’ll be able to explore and develop your skills and help in a way that suits your interests and talents, whether you’re into visual merchandising, organisation, customer service or rifling through donations in search of stylish key pieces to highlight.

All training will be provided.

Commitment is flexible. Happy to accept seasonal or temp volunteers based on college or university holidays/parents who are only able to help in term time, etc.

Volunteers must be 18 or over.

For further details or if you have any questions, please email volunteer@rspcastortvalley.org.uk

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.

 

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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

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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

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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 £50 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;     £50.00 for males or females


Bishops Stortford Veterinary Hospital – 01279 654108

Rye Street, Bishops Stortford

Client pays;     £50.00 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;     £50.00 for males or females


J A C Kews – 01279 422066

11 Wych Elm, The High, Harlow

Client pays;     £50.00 for males or females


Mercer & Hughes

Stansted 01279 813780

Great Dunmow 01371 872836

Saffron Walden 01799 522082

Client pays;     £50.00 for males or females

May 2016

JustText Giving

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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

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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.

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