Become A Volunteer
Gables is a charity and receives no Government funding so relies completely on the generosity and support of the public through donations and legacies. We only have limited funds to employ staff so totally rely on volunteers to help us not only to care for the animals but to raise vital funds to ensure our future.
People volunteer for a wide variety of reasons. Volunteering for a charity helps you not only to develop existing skills and gain new ones, but most importantly gives you a chance to meet new people, socialise and make new friends. If you are looking to gain employment, volunteering can help prepare you for getting back into work and improve your CV. Volunteering will also give you more of an insight to the important work we do and you can be part of a great team which will help build your confidence and self-esteem. Volunteering gives you something to do which is rewarding as well as challenging.
Our volunteer roles
We have a wide range of volunteering roles available that cover many different areas of our work.
Are you great with people?
If you are good with people, then these skills can be put to great use in many different areas of our work. You could get involved with our regular various fundraising activities & store collections.
We would also be interested in hearing from people who would like to run their own fundraising events for us. Please download our fundraising pack for some great ideas and guidance on how to do this.
Do you love to work outdoors?
Gables Farm always needs volunteers to help with organising parking at our on site events as well as general gardening and maintenance duties. This can involve work such as painting, fixing shelves, pruning trees and shrubs, weeding and fertilising.
Events Car Park Marshall
Do you just love cats and/or dogs?
If you really want to get close to the animals in our care, there are two hands-on roles available – Cattery Assistants and Dog Walkers.
We invest a lot of time and training into these positions to ensure volunteers as well as our animals are safe and well looked after. As these volunteer roles are very sought after, and we are lucky enough to receive a high volume of applicants, there is quite a bit of competition for these roles. Because of this we ask you to think seriously about the time commitment you are able to give to the Home. We will always give priority to people who can volunteer on a regular basis, as it is very disheartening when people only come in a few times and we don’t see them again after all our training input.
We recruit for these positions a few times a year, when we have space available, so please keep an eye on this page or like our Facebook page to receive notifications of volunteering opportunities.
We are also looking for people to care for cats and kittens in their homes. This enables kittens to grow up in a home environment and frees up cat pens to help other cats in need.
Cat/kitten Foster Carer
Are you up for a challenge?
If you want to do something adventurous you could try your nerves by doing an extreme challenge such as a parachute or bungee jump. Or if you don’t fancy putting your life and limb on the line you could try doing a marathon or other sponsored event. There are plenty of less extreme ways to raise funds such as holding a sponsored silence or cake bake. For more fundraising ideas and sponsorship forms, please download our fundraising pack