What training will I get?

You will get health and safety, fire and manual handling training before you start working with us. We will support you in any events that you volunteer in – we will never leave you to ‘just manage’. All our events are carefully planned and all volunteers are kept fully informed of the role they will play and what they will need to do. We appreciate your time and do not want to waste it – nothing is left to chance!

What sort of role will I do?

We have many events during the year with roles including:

  • supermarket bag packing
  • helping to run an information stand and give out information leaflets
  • help at a children’s assembly by handing out badges/sponsor forms etc.
  • marshal competitors at sponsored walks or runs
  • help set up and run a stall at Dog Shows, Easter Egg Hunts or Christmas Fairs.

Will I work on my own?

No! You will never work on your own and will always be with a member of the volunteer team.

What if I don’t feel comfortable doing an event?

We want you to feel comfortable with what you do, so you will not be asked to do anything which is outside your comfort zone.

How many hours will I be expected to volunteer for?

We would like our fundraising volunteers to commit to a minimum of two events each year. You would not be expected to commit to the whole day – our volunteers normally work for two hours at a time. We appreciate any time that you can give.

What if a member of the public asks a question I can’t answer?

You will be given full information about National RSPCA and the South Yorkshire Animal Centre in your induction meetings. If anyone asks a question you’re unsure of, a member of the team will always help. Remember – you will always work with at least one other team member.

We never give members of the public advice about animal welfare issues and always recommend a concern is directed to 24 hour cruelty helpline (0300 1234 999).

Do I need public liability insurance?

If you are doing an agreed activity for the RSPCA Doncaster, Rotherham and District branch, then you will be covered by our public liability insurance.