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Retail Volunteer

We are seeking retail volunteers in a number of roles to join our dedicated team. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain retail experience, while helping a great cause. We welcome volunteers of all levels of experience, and only ask for a regular and flexible time commitment every week to ensure that our shops are covered.

Current Retail Vacancies

Work Placements (Click title to view role description)
Social Media – Gain experience in retail social media.
Retail Event – Gain experience in event organisation.
Online Retail – Gain experience in online retail.

Assistant Roles (Click title to view role description)
Retail Assistant – Gain experience in retail.
Online Retail Assistant – Gain experience in online retail.

Application Form

Fundraising and Events Volunteers

Volunteer roles that support our Fundraising team vary depending on the nature of the event or activity. Whether it’s shaking buckets at events to raise much-needed funds, putting together hampers for our raffles, or wearing our Hamish mascot costume at an event, we’ll find a role to suit your preferences and availability.

Our fundraising and events roles can include:

  • Event planning and assistance
  • Hosting stalls at events and fairs
  • Taking part in bucket collections
  • Growing the Home’s collection can network with local businesses
  • Selling raffle tickets
  • Putting up posters and doing leaflet drops
  • Wearing our Hamish mascot costume
  • General admin activities

All these activities contribute greatly to raising awareness of the important work we do and bringing in vital funds to keep our doors open.

Current Fundraising Vacancies

*Click title to view role description.
Corporate Events Work Placement
– This placement offers the unique and exciting opportunity to use your events logistic and organisation skills to support the corporate event.
Community Events Work Placement
– This placement offers the unique and exciting opportunity to use your events logistic and organisation skills to support the community events.

Application Form

Office Volunteers

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home is the city’s oldest animal welfare charity, working with the Council and Police across Edinburgh and the Lothians. The Home receives no government or statutory funding, so relies on the generous support of volunteers and donors to carry out its vital work in rescuing, reuniting and rehoming Scotland’s stray and unwanted dogs and cats.

The Home’s operational activities are supported by volunteers who provide administrative services to the organisation, which are essential to continue caring for the hundreds of lost, stray and abandoned animals that come through our doors each year. Office volunteers help us with a variety of administrative tasks including:

  • Reception duties
  • Assisting the public with the rehoming process
  • Responding to customer enquiries
  • Answering and directing calls
  • Data entry
  • Fulfilling sponsor packs and thanking donors
  • Filing
  • Photocopying
  • Ad hoc administrative duties

Education Volunteer

In 2018, we launched our first Education Outreach Programme, which aims to promote responsible pet ownership and offer advice on caring for dogs and cats. We work closely with schools, businesses, clubs and local groups across Edinburgh and the Lothians to deliver our education programme and share our knowledge with the community. We have voluntary positions available within our Communications team to help deliver the Home’s newly established educational outreach programme to schools, groups, workplaces and organisations within Edinburgh and the Lothians.

This role will primarily consist of delivering short, interactive educational workshops, raising awareness of Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home and sharing various messages promoting responsible pet ownership.

The delivery of workshops will generally involve:

  • sharing information on the history of Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home
  • detailing our mission to rescue, reunite and rehome
  • sharing case studies of animals the Home has cared for
  • overseeing educational activities within classrooms
  • promoting the various ways for the public to support our work

Portobello Charity Shop Volunteers

 

The Friends of Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home charity shop in Portobello offers further Volunteer Shop Assistant opportunities, Monday to Saturday, morning or afternoon. If you would like to gain retail experience in the Portobello area, then pop into the Friends shop at 104 Portobello High Street for a chat.

Apply For a Volunteer Role

Ready to join us as a volunteer and help us continue our mission to give vulnerable dogs and cats a second chance at life? Get in touch to find out more about how you can help make a big impact, while enjoying the benefits of volunteering

For more information, please contact us on 0131 669 5331 or by email at volunteering@edch.org.uk. Alternatively, complete a volunteer application form and return it by email or by post to Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, 26 Seafield Road East, Edinburgh, EH15 1EH.

Download an Application Form

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