Become A Volunteer

Gables Farm 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.

Why volunteer?

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Volunteers helping out at one of the annual Open Day

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 at Gables Farm that cover many different areas of our work.

Are you great at organising?

If you are good at organising, then we always need help with administration. We have all sorts of admin tasks we have to complete that the staff would appreciate help with ranging from letter writing and stuffing envelopes to filing and organising.

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. Alternatively, you could use your skills to get involved with marketing & advertising, contacting local businesses and organisation’s to help drum up sponsorship and support. 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 general gardening and maintenance duties. This can involve work such as painting, fixing shelves, pruning trees and shrubs, weeding and fertilising.

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

Do you just love cats and 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.

Current Volunteer Vacancies

Sorry we will not be recruiting for new volunteers until Spring so please check this page again soon.

However, we are looking for new Trustees

The Trustees who make up the Board of Trustees are all unpaid volunteers – like all our other volunteers. Instead of helping on the front line their task is to provide the necessary level of governance without which no charity can function.

The present Board of Trustees are seven in number and bring to bear experience of business, industry, the professions and the public services. That sort of background is of enormous importance as it helps to ensure that the decisions which have to be made are founded on a diverse set of skills and qualifications. The Board are not involved in the day to day running of the Home but have to ensure that it is properly staffed and resourced, and that at all times it is operated in compliance with the purpose for which it was set up over a hundred years ago.

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Like any organisation Gables has to move with the times and changing needs, and the Trustees have to have a strategic view of how the Home must develop and improve. At all times the Board must ensure that the Home has the necessary funds to cover all expenditure, that all relevant legislation and guidelines are complied with, and that all of the staff and volunteers are properly supported in the carrying out of their work.

The Board meets every two months, and each Trustee has a particular role to spread the tasks fairly. New blood is always needed and would be welcomed, and if any of our supporters would like to discuss an involvement as a Trustee do please speak to our General Manager Claire Sparkes. You can contact her by email

Work Experience Vacancies

Sorry no places currently available.