Current Vacancies With South Bucks RSPCA

We are always looking for extra help and our band of hard-working volunteers provide invaluable support, time and financial help in many of the areas below.

If you can help with donations, support or are willing to give a little of your precious time, even if its spending a couple of hours a day in one of our shops, then we would be delighted to hear from you.

Please find a list of our current vacancies below – remember all positions are voluntary

MEDIA CO-ORDINATOR

South Bucks RSPCA is seeking a volunteer media co-ordinator to maximise positive publicity for the branch and animal welfare within the local media on and offline and broadcast. Experience working with the press, creative press release writing, handling imagery and social media would be required for this role, which could include the following activities, dependent on time available:

To publicise branch activities via the local media. Liaise with branch volunteers that update our web site.

To liaise re photography and prepare and issue press material highlighting animals waiting for adoption.

Discuss possible newsworthy ‘stories’ with committee members and be pro-active developing ideas. Writing and issuing press releases on agreed topics with images where possible.

Structure and carry out a social media campaign using such platforms as Twitter, Instagram and YouTube and to liaise with the branch volunteer handling Facebook posts.

To promote key animal welfare initiatives such as neutering or microchipping.

To be able to deal confidently with answering media enquiries.

To liaise with the Regional Press Officer for advice and guidance regarding national and sensitive issues, if needs. Report monthly to branch trustees.

Co-ordinate advertising in local media.

Work from home, 2-3 hours a week

BRANCH TRUSTEE

The branch of South Bucks RSPCA is managed by a team of trustees, there are currently 8 of us, however we can have up to 14 trustees. Our branch rely on volunteers or undertake a wide range of animal welfare work. As a trustee of the branch you will have the chance to influence how we care for and prevent cruelty to local animals.

The committee meet monthly on a Monday evening in High Wycombe and work is shared between the branch officers plus other committee members.

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.

We are particularly looking for people with animal welfare experience, to join our team of trustees.

Most people aged over 18 are eligible to become a trustee and you will need to become a member of the RSPCA.

Time commitment would be 3 hours at the monthly committee meeting plus 2-3 hours a week at a time to suit yourself from home.

We are seeking trustees with animal welfare experience and skills in the following areas:

  • Legal
  • HR
  • Retail
  • Fund raising

If you are interested in joining our team, please contact Pat Bryant – Volunteer Coordinator on 01494 865287 or volunteers@rspca-southbucks.org.uk

VOLUNTEER IN OUR SHOPS

Charity shops

Our town centre shops in Chesham, Burnham and Princes Risborough are in need of some reliable volunteers for half a day a week to welcome customers, serve on the till, sort books, toys and clothing and help with daily running of the shop. If you feel you would like to give half a day a week, please call in to one of our shops for a chat.

BRANCH FUNDRAISING CO-ORDINATOR

Aims

To act as the central contact point for all branch fundraising activities and to maintain momentum for the branch fundraising programme.

Key activities

  • In conjunction with the committee produce a fundraising plan and budget dedicated to raising funds for the branch
  • Control and monitor the branch fundraising plan
  • Identify fundraising jobs and help recruit volunteers to fill them
  • Work with the fundraising team and provide support and motivation to the fundraising volunteers
  • Liaise with the Volunteer Co-ordinator and establish and maintain a database of Fundraising supporters and volunteers.
  • Produce or organise the production of branch fundraising materials.
  • Identify and maximise new fundraising opportunities.
  • Ensure best practice in fundraising – making sure the branch fundraising is legally compliant, for example, obtaining relevant permissions and licenses and that use of the RSPCA logo is correct.
  • Produce monthly update reports showing income, expenditure and work in progress for the branch committee.
VOLUNTEER CO-ORDINATOR

Aims

To act as a central contact point for current and potential volunteers. To welcome new volunteers to the branch and to co-ordinate the volunteer effort.

Key activities

  • To welcome new volunteers to the branch and to explain voluntary opportunities that exist.
  • To keep an up to date list of volunteering opportunities within the branch, including a list of forthcoming events.
  • As far as possible to match what volunteers would like to do to help the branch with the need for volunteer help.
  • To keep and maintain a register of volunteers.
  • Stay in regular contact with volunteers, to ensure that volunteers feel included and an important part of the effort.
  • To give regular feedback to volunteers on achievements, for instance, number of animals homed and amounts of money raised.
  • To organise regular volunteer liaison meetings and / or visits in order to keep volunteer morale and motivation high, thereby increasing volunteer retention.
  • To arrange attendance for volunteers on training courses covering the work that the volunteer will be undertaking on behalf of branch.
  • To work with the branch secretary, the re-homing co-ordinator, the fundraising co-ordinator and other committee members as appropriate to arrange the recruitment and placement of volunteers.
  • Wherever possible, to be a member of the branch committee if acting as volunteer coordinator for a branch.
  • To work on new ways in which volunteers can help.
ASSISTANT TO VAN DRIVER

We are seeking someone to help our van driver to collect and deliver furniture to our Chesham shop. Some lifting involved. It will be one day a week usually on a Thursday. Please call in at our Chesham shop and talk to Paul or Ruth or call them on 01494 810118

SMALL ANIMAL COORDINATOR

This vital role helps all the small animals, through a team of fosterers find suitable new forever homes. On average the branch take in around 100 small animals a year.

It would suit somebody that is around most of the day to deal with incoming calls. Must have rabbit experience and it would be helpful to have knowledge of other animals. Good administration and accounts skills. The coordinator would be dealing with the general public, volunteers and vets. Would also need own transport.

Full training and support will be given.

Interested and want to find out more? Please contact Heather 01494 863009 or email: smallanimals@rspca-southbucks.org.uk 

PHONE DUTY

We are looking for people to join our team to answer our busy rehoming phone line. You will need to be at home most of the time during your duty. Each duty is for one week starting on a Thursday morning. Duty comes round one week in every five.  You will need to attend training prior to taking on this post, but good telephone manner and knowledge of cats and dogs an advantage.

SHOP COLLECTIONS - 2 HOUR VOLUNTEERING
We have a number of collections outside shops each year. Even 2 hours of your time will help greatly. For more details please call Jill Grimwood on 01494 792749
HELP WITH ONE OFF EVENTS
We have a number of one off events, such as sponsored dog walks, quiz nights, Christmas stalls and many more each year. Even 2 hours of your time will help greatly. For more details please call Jill Grimwood on 01494 792749
BECOME A FOSTERER
We are desperate for short & long term foster homes for cats and dogs. Fosterers must be within the South Bucks area.
For Cats please contact Britta on 01628 621425 (after 7pm and at weekends) or email cats@rspca-southbucks.org.uk;
For Dogs contact Heidi on 01494 564026 or email volunteers@rspca-southbucks.org.uk;
COLLECTION DAYS ORGANISER

Required to organise collection days in Supermarkets, High Streets and Shopping Centres.  Commitment: 2 hours+ a week to organise events and volunteers, plus attending collections each month to set up collections.

Duties include:
• Contacting businesses and shops and arrange regular shop collections
• Arrange for volunteers to undertake those collections. Ideally one weekend event per month
• Counting and banking donations
• Thanking volunteers who have taken part

If you are interested in any of the vacancies above, please contact Jill Grimwood, Volunteer Coordinator on 01494 792749 or Email: volunteers@rspca-southbucks.org.uk unless a different contact person has been stated.

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

  • Weekly telephone duty
  • General collections
  • Help with marketing & design
  • Carry out Home Checks
  • Become a Driver
  • Record keeping
  • Photograph our animals for newsletters, newspapers etc
  • Donate raffle prizes
  • Run stalls at fairs
  • Fundraising
  • Hold a collection can on Flag Days
  • Bake cakes for fundraising events