Volunteering

We rely solely on volunteers for every aspect of running the charity, we are an open-minded, friendly and welcoming team of volunteers from all walks of life. We value your help and hope that in return you enjoy your time with us.

Summary

1 – Read the details below, if you meet the criteria and feel that you can offer long-term volunteering, please download and application form Volunteering-Application, fill in and email the completed form back to us at info@brinsleyanimalrescue.org

2 – You will be added to our waiting list, once a place becomes available you’ll be invited to a Volunteers Induction, these are generally held on Saturdays.

3 – Once induction, you’ll volunteer and work closely with an experienced volunteer until you are ready to volunteer un-supervised.

Any questions please email us with using the address above. 

 


Becoming a Volunteer

What’s involved with volunteering?

There are many tasks involved with running a sanctuary. Every day there are dozens of cages to clean out and over a hundred animals to feed, water and check over. This includes wildlife, small pets, chickens as well as the large farm animals.

We also have a lot of maintenance activities from repairing fences to keeping vehicles running.  On top of all this, we have to raise around £100,000 a year to make this all possible.

We also like to spend time with our animals to enrich their lives, assess their personalities to prepare them for re-homing and to tame them.

How do I become a Volunteer?

The process to volunteer is;

  1. Submit and application form.
  2. Once your at the top of the queue we’ll invite you to a new volunteer induction.
  3. on completion of the induction you can start volunteering alongside regular and experienced volunteers.
  4. After a few weeks, you will be able to carry out more tasks with minimal supervision.

All potential new volunteers are required to submit an application and then attend an induction, normally held on selected Saturday mornings. Following the induction volunteers then build on their experience by volunteering under supervision.

The sanctuary is run with by a hardcore of dedicated volunteers carrying out task throughout the day, every day. As the sanctuary has such a variety of different animals all having varying needs, volunteers need to have a level of experience gained over several weeks of volunteering, before they can be left unsupervised. As volunteers gain experience and gain our confidence, we reduce the supervision accordingly until they can help unsupervised. 

Unfortunately due to the level of supervision we have to provide during training, we are not able to offer volunteering potions for short-term volunteering such as DoE or work experience.

What does a typical day look like?

Times – Most of the critical tasks are from early morning and are completed by midday, we need volunteers who can arrive around 7- 8am.

Whilst some people prefer to help at weekends, others help in the week. Most help is required in the mornings when animals need to be fed and cleaned out, but there are other tasks later in the mornings in the week.

What are we looking for in a Volunteer?

Reliable – If volunteers fail to show up and let us down, this can put a lot of pressure on other volunteers, the animals still need to be cared for. We understand that sometimes there are good reasons why people can’t come when they said they would, but we do need people to do their best to show up when agreed.

Age – We have large and free ranging animals, we therefore cannot offer volunteer places at the sanctuary to persons under 16.

Medical Fitness – We do not want people to put themselves at risk. If you have any concerns about your medical fitness, we advise speaking to your GP before volunteering. If you would like to speak to a Trustee in private to discuss, this can be arranged.

Supervision – As we are run solely by volunteers, we can only provide supervision during the induction process. If a volunteer requires on-going support and / or supervision such as from a guardian or carer, the person providing such support is required to also complete the same induction process and provide the ongoing support throughout any volenteering.

Experience – We are not specifically looking for people with experience of handling or caring for animals, but you do need to be comfortable around them, small, wild and very large.

We need people who are not put off by hard, mucky work and who are enthusiastic and reliable.

Clothing – You need to come dressed appropriate for the weather and the likely tasks, generally you will get dirty, so bring your scruffs, Wellington boots and waterproofs.

What will I be doing?

There are many chores that need to be completed every day and these start from 6 – 7am, a normal typical volunteering day consists of;

  • 6am – 8am – The animals are let out of their enclosures and some animals such as the pigs, horses, goats, sheep etc are fed.
  • 6am – 8am – The wildlife is cleaned out and checked over, some animals such as birds are fed.
  • 8am – 10am – Stables are cleaned out, hay nets filled and all water buckets filled.
  • 6am onwards, all animals checked to ensure they are OK, all have food and water.
  • Rest of the day;
    • Poo pick the fields
    • Clean out chickens, ducks, geese
    • Clean out rabbits
    • Project work

We need volunteers to come fairly early, ideally no later than  9am. There are tasks later in the day, but much of the hard work getting animals ready in the morning would have needed to be complete.

Questions & Answers?

Q. Can I do DoE or Work Experience?

Being run by volunteers, we don’t always know who will be volunteering, particularly during office hours, from one day to the next, so there are not always experienced volunteers to supervise, therefore sadly we cannot plan for people who want to carry out work experience or short term volunteering such as DoE.

If you want to offer your services for a full week or more, this is only possible if you put the hours in during weekends and in the week when we have experienced volunteers to supervise, only when you are experienced can we offer unsupervised volunteering.

Q. What age do I need to be?

The minimum age for volunteering is 16.

Q. Do you offer apprenticeships or paid work?

Everyone at the sanctuary is an unpaid volunteer.

Q. Can I volunteer in the wildlife hospital?

volunteering with wildlife involves a lot of additional supervised training, therefore we are only able to offer this to persons with previous experience or who volunteer with us in the main sanctuary and prove themselves to be reliable and regular.

Q. Can I volunteer if I have a health condition?

If you have any health issues, we recommend that you seek medial advice prior to volunteering. if you have any concerns, you can talk privately with a Trustee, we aim to accommodate where we are not putting volunteers or animals at risk.