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Volunteer Branch Secretary

Do you have professional expertise you could use to help a good cause? Are you passionate about animal welfare? Trustees manage the affairs of a local RSPCA Branch to promote and provide animal welfare within the branch area. The Branch secretary is the principal communications trustee managing and maintaining the administrative affairs of the branch.

As a trustee of a branch you will have the chance to influence how we care for and prevent cruelty to animals.

You will need:
To act as main contact point for all branch communications with the national Society, the branch committee and the branch membership.
Arrange branch meetings, ensure accurate minutes are taken and distributed in accordance with branch rules.
Ensure all branch committee decisions are implemented and actions completed.
Arrange the branch AGM including the compilation and distribution of the annual report, nominations and agenda in line with the strict timetable laid down in the branch rules.

Times & preferred duration of commitment
Generally two or three hours per week to fit around the individual for the branch admin. In addition to this, there are monthly committee meetings which run from 7pm to 9pm at Harlow on a Tuesday evening.

Trustees are elected for a 12 month term each year.

Experience / skills / knowledge / personal qualities required
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 finance, fundraising, project management, business experience, awareness of employment and/or charity legislation can be useful but is not essential.

Training and guidance notes will be provided.
For more information on becoming a Charity Trustee, and to ensure it’s the right decision for you, we recommend visiting: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/charity-trustee-whats-involved

For further information contact:
clinic@rspcastortvalley.org.uk


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

 


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 kate.williams@rspcastortvalley.org.uk


Volunteer Clinic Receptionists

Do you enjoy meeting people and animals? Would you love to do a job that gives you an overwhelming feeling of satisfaction knowing that you’re contributing to the wellbeing of pets?  Are you looking for a new challenge and want to be a part of our amazing team? If so, we could have just the role for you.

We are looking for volunteer Receptionists, who will deliver an excellent standard of customer service by communicating sympathetically and courteously with our clients. Working in our busy reception, our Receptionists are responsible for processing clients who attend the clinic, answering telephone enquiries, dealing with financial contributions from clients, entering information on to a computerised booking system and maintaining paperwork.

Our Clinic is open 4 days a week – Monday to Thursday – and we are looking for volunteer Receptionists to cover clinic sessions on those days; we particularly need cover for the Wednesday sessions.

If you are interested in joining our team of dedicated volunteers, please contact Lynn on 01279 306058 or clinic@rspcastortvalley.org.uk

 


Volunteer Trustee

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.

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