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January 2022

Clinic Closure Week Commencing 10th January 2022

Unfortunately due to COVID related staff shortage, the clinic is closed from Monday 10th January. We hope to reopen on Monday 17th, but please do check our website for updates.

***Registered clients*** please contact your primary veterinary practice during this period. Our out of hours and emergency service provider is Forest Veterinary Centre Hospital in Epping, on 01992 575 790.

Please note Forest Veterinary Centre is a private veterinary practice and their charges will therefore be higher than the subsidised charges made at our
clinic. Clients are responsible for payment of fees in full at the time.

In the event of an animal welfare emergency such as an injured animal, or concerns regarding cruelty or neglect, please call the RSPCA National Cruelty and Advice Line on 0300 1234 999.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused , thank you for your understanding and please stay safe

Christmas and New Year Clinic Update

Registered Clients – Please be aware the clinic will be closed from Friday the 17th December and will reopen on Tuesday 4th January – please contact your primary veterinary practice during this period.

Repeat Prescriptions – for those patients on long term medication, please submit your prescription requests no later than Thursday 9th December. Our vets will prescribe sufficent medication until we reopen.

Vaccination Courses – Due to the interval between vaccinactions we will not be starting any vaccination courses until the new year.

Thank you for your understanding and Merry Christmas from the team at RSPCA Stort Valley Clinic.

 

October 2021

National Cat/Dog Vaccine Shortage

As you may know, there is currently a national shortage of cat/dog vaccines.  Despite our best efforts we have been unable to source sufficient stocks to enable us to offer a vaccination service to our clients pets at the moment.

We are hoping that this situation will be a short term issue and that we will be able to resume offering a vaccination service in the near future.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

January 2020

Supermarket Collectors

We are looking for volunteers to help fundraise in supermarkets and other outlets to raise vital funds to enable us to continue our valuable animal welfare work in the branch.

Collections will be on Saturdays and Sundays on set dates and you can collect for 1-3 hours or more if you are able to. No experience is necessary as guidance will be provided and we will ensure that you have an ID badge.

For further information, please contact Volunteer@rspcastortvalley.org.uk

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

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
Volunteer@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.

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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