Volunteer With Us

We are always in need of help in our small hospital room. If you have the time, interest and commitment, we could do with your help. With no paid staff, we are entirely reliant on our volunteer team to keep the charity going.

Volunteering with us is probably one of the most rewarding things you can do with your spare time. The work is hard and mucky and you need to possess the skills to cope with difficult and upsetting situations as and when they arise but many of our volunteers have gone on to have successful careers in the animal care sector.

In order to volunteer with us, we have to insure you and cover the cost of this so you MUST be able to commit to one day per week, every week and you must be reliable for that day.

You must also be over 18 and be prepared to work outside in all weathers!

Your working hours are 10am to approximately 4pm. Although this can vary according to season. We are much busier during spring and summer.

SHIFT ARRANGEMENTS – Your name will be added to the duty rota for the shift day specified in your appliation and we then expect you to attend.

If for any reason you have to cancel your shift please call well in advance and let us know so we can try to arrange cover.

If you’re going to be late for whatever reason, please call and let us know as soon as possible.

You can end your shift once all the duties are done for the day.

You must inform the supervisor when you’re leaving at the end of your shift, aside from courtesy this is a health and safety requirement.

If you do not wish to attend any longer, please let us know.

Non-attendance for 3 consecutive weeks with no prior agreement will be assumed as resignation. You will not be eligible to re-apply.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a small home based rescue, not a large animal centre and at least 80% of our intake is common garden birds, so please bear that in mind when applying.

Download our volunteer handbook here – Volunteer Handbook


Animal Care Assistants

Our Volunteers come in during the mornings, from around 9.30 am and help to clean out our hospital patients and aviaries, prepare feed, medicate and treat minor ailments, collect and release animals and also help with fundraising. The main focus is always to ensure that the areas holding the patients are clean and that they all have fresh bedding, food and water.

Duties involved would be

  • cleaning and feeding of patients.
  • preparing cages for new admissions
  • restocking supplies, including towels, washed bowls, newspapers and advising of any shortages
  • assisting with aviary cleaning


Contact Us

Though we wish we could, we are not as yet able to run a 24 hour service and very often we are so busy that we are unable to immediately answer the phone , so please do bear with us and do leave us a message. It is likely only to be a few minutes before we return your call.

Telephone: 01582 527465

Email: info@wildlife-rescue.org.uk

Registered Charity No. 1110714


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