Duke of Edinburgh Volunteers

Duke of Edinburgh volunteers

Meet Ben, Mei, Max and Alex, our first ever Duke of Edinburgh volunteers. They will be spending six months helping the branch with things like fundraising, PR, admin, socialising cats in care.

Let's find out a bit more about them in their own words:

“My name is Max and I want to work with Cats Protection volunteering for my silver Duke of Edinburgh award. I have 2 cats and I love them very much but I know there are lots of cats not as fortunate as mine who need to be looked after. I want to volunteer because cats are cute so I want to help raise money and awareness for the CP charity.”

“Hello there, my name's Mei. I'm a 15 year old teen wanting to help volunteer for Cats Protection. I'm volunteering for my silver Duke of Edinburgh award here because I really like cats and would love to help them in any way I can. Thanks for reading, see you soon.”

“Hey, my name is Ben and I really want to help in Cats Protection for my DofE silver. I have 3 cats and I love them, but I want to help stray cats that live on the streets. I also want to help raise awareness for the charity and raise money. I am very excited to get started :)”

“Hello! My name is Alex and I am volunteering for Cats Protection as part of my silver Duke of Edinburgh award. I want to help raise awareness for cats all over Milton Keynes and make their lives better. I am looking forward to starting soon.”

This is the sort of thing they've been up to recently:

They've been putting together Kitty Bags for people who've adopted cats from us.

What are Kitty Bags? They're a bit like party bags, but more important. We want to make sure our cats go to their new homes with everything they need to help them settle in as quickly as possible so the bags include things like a supply of their usual food and litter – and a few treats and toys too.

Last year, Milton Keynes and District branch re-homed more than 200 stray and unwanted cats so we need a lot of Kitty Bags!

Thank you Ben, Mei, Max and Alex for all your help.

There's more:

Our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers have recently started a project to find good homes for cats that wouldn't be happy in a domestic environment. Six of the cats in our care have recently gone to outdoor homes where they have regular food, care and somewhere safe to sleep but can roam free – and help keep down the rodent population.

After a teach-in on mailshots and targeting, the enthusiastic volunteers sent posters to local garden centres and nurseries, and have just sent letters to 60 farms in the MK postcode area to see if anyone is interested in 'housing a mouser'.

This is what Ben has to say:

'Today we went to Parcelforce and met Keith who taught us about about getting the word of Cats Protection out to people and businesses across Milton Keynes. We are continuing our search for homes for feral cats – we'll keep you updated!'

DOE volunteers addressing flyers