Volunteering

Welcome to Bedford, Biggleswade & District Cats Protection from our local Branch Co-Ordinator

Welcome to the Bedford, Biggleswade & District branch of Cats Protection and thank you for showing an interest in volunteering with us. We have many varied roles that are detailed further on in this information pack. The branch has been going since 1992, and I joined as a volunteer in 2006 as a home visitor.

I had decided to volunteer as I wanted to do something more with my life, and having a great love of cats I felt CP was the way to go. Soon after I became an emergency fosterer for urgent cases that need to come into CP care, but where we didn’t have a foster pen immediately available. I continued with home visits and also occasionally dealt with trapping and transporting feral cats. Through this varied experience I got an insight into how the branch ran and, when the previous Co-ordinator decided to retire, in 2009 I became the 3rd Coordinator of the branch.

During my time here I have tried to build on what has already been started by my predecessors, but also to bring the branch into the 21st century. We now have a new website, a Facebook page; we are on twitter and have fundraising accounts online.

The branch is overseen by a committee who meet regularly to discuss major events within the branch these are:  Jayne (Secretary), Claire (Treasurer), Helen (Fundraising), Vaughn (Newsletter Editor & Publicity) and Paula (Neutering & Helpline).

Our branch is run by volunteers, which is why we are so pleased you are interested in joining us. The majority of our funding comes from the sales of goods in our shop, without this those of us involved in the cat work wouldn’t be able to do half of what we do.

Ultimately the day to day running of the branch tends to come down to me, and I sometimes have to make the heartbreaking decisions. However I am fortunate in that I also get to make the heart warming ones. I class my role now as ‘general dogsbody’! I do a bit of this and a bit of that to make sure the branch runs as smoothly as possible. Again, without volunteers such as you, I wouldn’t be able to get this done.

I hope, by reading through the available roles, you will find something within the branch that you would like to get involved in and look forward to welcoming you as part of our family.

Tamsin

Gifts in wills and legacy volunteer

As a charity we are lucky to be support by and kindly remembered in the wills of approximately 1,000 supporters every year. These wonderful individuals leave a total of nearly £20 million to helping cats through these gifts. Our gifts in wills and legacy volunteers help raise both awareness and funds by promoting legacy giving. They also help promote our Cat Guardians service, as sadly it can be the case that owners pass away before their pets. Our Cat Guardian service provides owners with the peace of mind that their feline friends will be cared for by Cats Protection and found new loving homes in the tragic event of them passing away before their beloved pets. 


Closing date: 13 Dec 2019
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Volunteer

Unfortunately thousands of cats each year are abandoned or have strayed and rely on charities like Cats Protection for help. Becoming a TNR volunteer is one way you can make a real difference to cats in your local area. Our TNR volunteers help reduce the number of feral cats by raising awareness of our TNR programmes, setting humane traps to safely capture cats, taking them to local vets to be neutered, and hopefully returning them back to their territory. Local TNR programmes are crucial, as feral and abandoned cats present a huge challenge for communities across the UK.


Closing date: 13 Dec 2019
Vet Link Volunteer

Our vet link volunteers are the crucial link between local Cats Protection volunteer groups, teams and veterinary surgeries. They help build relationships, raise awareness of Cats Protection and promote our neutering schemes. This is a rewarding volunteer role as you will have a direct impact on helping cats in your local area by spreading the word about Cats Protection and how we help cats in need. 


Closing date: 13 Dec 2019
Fundraising Events Helper

As a charity we can continue to help cats and kittens in need thanks to the donations we receive at fundraising events from generous members of the public. Our Fundraising Event Helpers have the exciting and varied role of helping at local fundraising events - such as cakes sales, barn dances, quiz nights – and everything in between!


Closing date: 13 Dec 2019
Enquiries Volunteer

As a charity we receive numerous enquiries on a daily basis from members of the public related to cats and feline welfare. Our enquiries volunteers are part of a passionate team of volunteers that help Cats Protection signpost and manage these enquiries. They help our feline friends answering questions from members of the public, providing advice and signposting queries to other volunteers and staff if needed. 


Closing date: 13 Dec 2019
Lost and Found Cats Volunteer

Unfortunately our feline friends can occasionally stray or get lost, which can be extremely distressing for their owners. Our lost and found volunteers are passionate about reuniting lost cats and bringing families back together. They help cats and their owners by advertising lost cats and providing support, advice and guidance to people searching for their cats. 


Closing date: 13 Dec 2019
Fosterer Volunteer

Across the UK many of our feline friends are cared for by volunteer fosterers who provide a stable, safe and loving environment in their homes or in purpose built pens in their gardens. They provide vital hands on care and accommodation to stray, abandoned cats or cats whose owners could sadly no longer keep them, and are part of a dedicated team of volunteers committed to finding new homes for cats in need. Most of our fosterers care for one or two cats at a time and enjoy providing lots of TLC to those cats which have been pre-loved or have had a difficult start in life. Some of our fosterers look after new mums and kittens and provide round the clock care to new-borns with tummies to fill and lots to learn. No matter what type of cats they have in care our fosterers provide the best start to the next stage of their lives. 


Closing date: 13 Dec 2019
Shop Assistant Volunteer

Our Cats Protection shops play a key part in raising the funds needed to help thousands of cats and kittens each year. Our shop assistant volunteers help with all aspects of the day to day running of one of our fantastic shops. They serve customers, help with stock rotation, create displays - and everything in between! They are part of a passionate retail team that make sure our shops are enjoyable places for customers to visit, leading to repeat custom and vital funds being raised to help our feline friends in need.


Closing date: 13 Dec 2019
Home Visitor Volunteer

Across Cats Protection there are thousands of cats and kittens looking for new and loving homes at any one time. Our volunteer home visitors support a local volunteer group by helping find our feline friends happy, caring and suitable homes. They communicate with potential adopters, match cats and kittens with new homes and provide support to new cat owners. This is a rewarding role, as our volunteer home visitors play a vital part in helping cats and kittens find their perfect forever homes. 


Closing date: 13 Dec 2019
Fundraising volunteer

As a charity we rely on funds donated by generous members of the public to continue to help cats and kittens in need. Our fundraising volunteers are part of a passionate team that help raise funds to help our feline friends in need. They help plan and deliver exciting and varied fundraising events, which can be anything from craft fairs, cake sales, sponsored abseils – and anything in between!


Closing date: 13 Dec 2019
Online fundraising volunteer

As a charity we are only able to help thousands of cats and kittens each year thanks to the donations we receive from generous members of the public. Our online fundraisers help our volunteer groups raise vital funds by organising online sales of goods, using social media to encourage donations and any other innovative ways to raise funds they can think of! Making a difference can mean as little as raising 18p, which is enough to feed one cat in our care for a day.


Closing date: 13 Dec 2019