If you would like to learn more about volunteering for Teckels, please have a look through the volunteer profiles below which have details of our current vacancies.
We run the bulk of our service between 9am and 4pm seven days a week. We have a wide range of jobs available for volunteers who can give their time, from to an hour or two every now and then to regular mornings, afternoons or days. You can volunteer as and when you have time, it really is up to you. We can fit the role around your availability and skills.
1. Fundraising and Events Volunteers
We are looking to recruit a team of keen, reliable and enthusiastic volunteers to become part of our Community Fundraising Group which is generally active between April and December. We organise a number of events and also attend store collections and community engagements throughout the year.
Tasks may include:
- attending fetes and fairs on our behalf
- manning stands and tombolas
- taking part in supermarket and street collections
- distributing leaflets and posters
- helping us find new supporters
- supporting our fundraising events
2. Gardening and DIY Volunteers
Can you help us keep our rescue and boarding centre clean, safe and looking great? You don’t have to be an expert – we have a range of jobs, big and small, for practical people who can give their time and skills. So if you are great at DIY or have experience in joinery, plumbing, gardening or painting and decorating why not show us what you can do!
Here are just a few activities we’re looking for help with at Teckels: weeding, grass cutting, litter picking, planting, painting, fixing minor leaks, cleaning gutters and keeping equipment in good repair. Work with our friendly team to keep the environment safe and looking good for our residents and customers!
3. Volunteer Marketing and PR Support
We are looking to recruit an individual who is organised, driven, friendly and approachable, outgoing, passionate and willing to go that extra mile. You will need good computer skills, the ability to design simple marketing materials and write marketing and PR copy.
This role involves designing and preparing marketing materials and speaking with the general public and businesses, raising awareness of what the charity does and communicating our need for donations to as many people as possible.
4. Home visit Volunteer - Cat Visitor
We are currently looking for 10 x Cat Home Visiting Volunteers. Please Click Here to find out full details about the role and how you can help us support our cats going to new homes.
Volunteer Role summary: Cat Rehoming Visitor
As part of a team of ten volunteers, the role of the rehoming visitor is to visit the homes of potential cat adopters to ensure their suitability to adopt a cat from Teckels.
Rehoming visitors are required to talk to potential adopters to:
- ensure that they have really thought about the implications of owning a cat
- help members of the public understand the best ways to settle in a cat
- help them understand and consider how their home may need minor changes to accommodate a new cat.
Each home visit will take around 20 minutes to complete excluding travelling time.
Rehoming visitors will be required to complete a home visit form and feedback to the centre staff about any concerns, issues or questions raised from the visit. Rehoming visitors may also revisit the homes to ensure that the adoption has been a rehoming success.
Geographical Areas: We are looking for up to ten volunteers to cover the following areas:
Gloucester area - 2 x volunteers
Cheltenham area - 2 x volunteers
Stroud/Stonehouse area - 2 x volunteers
Dursley/Wotton-under-Edge area - 2 x volunteers
Cirencester area - 1 x volunteer
Tewkesbury area - 1 x volunteer
Appointments Days: Visits can be made on any day of the week between 9 am and 4.30pm. An ongoing commitment from each rehoming visitor is preferred.
Experience / skills / knowledge / personal qualities required: An interest in animal welfare but no previous experience necessary as full training will be provided. This voluntary role will suit individuals who are confident communicators with strong customer service skills and can positively connect and communicate with different types of personalities.
Training provided: Full training will be provided.
Vehicle use: Volunteers must have their own vehicle and ensure they have the relevant car insurance. Volunteers may occasionally be required to make visits further afield in which case drivers over 25 years of age would be eligible to use one of the Teckels vehicles.
Becoming a New Volunteer
You will be required to attend a group volunteer induction before starting work at our centre.
Private inductions are possible with prior arrangement and larger volunteer groups can take place on an arranged day of volunteering.
We are unable to accept new volunteers onsite who have not attended an induction.
The induction is designed to help you understand all the opportunities available for volunteering at Teckels and also covers the following:
- information about the charity and the site at Teckels, Whitminster
- vital health and safety procedures
- key dates for fundraising/collection support
Inductions are limited to a maximum of ten volunteers per session to ensure that everybody has the time to ask questions and to check understanding. If there are less than two potential volunteers booked for an induction, we may cancel the session and advise a new date. The induction session lasts between 30 minutes and 1 hour depending on questions and group size. Please note, you will not be able to volunteer on the day of the induction unless attending a morning session.
Please note that centre volunteers must be aged 17+ years of age. Those aged 14-17 years old can volunteer with an accompanying adult and in this case both parties must complete the volunteer application process and induction.
Please note that we are currently unable to take on new volunteers for dog walking and cat cuddling. We will let you know here on the web site when we are able to do so.