Completing your Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Volunteering section with Cats Protection (CP)

DofE logoThis is your chance to make a difference by giving your time to help cats and kittens in your area.

While completing your DofE programme with CP, you will develop new skills, expand your knowledge, become more confident in working with new people, make new friends and be part of a dedicated team of volunteers.

Your experiences and the recognition that you gain could also be useful for UCAS personal statements and National Records of Achievement.

Which CP roles are available to DofE participants?

During your DofE programme, you will volunteer for as little as one hour a week for a minimum of three months, but this can change depending on your role and how much time you can give.

Level  Minimum time  Notes 
DofE Bronze - age 14-24 3-6 months  You need to do one of your Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections for six months and the others for three months. 
DofE Silver - age 15-24 6-12 months  If you have not achieved your Bronze level, you need to extend your volunteering or the longer of your Physical or Skills sections to 12 months.
DofE Gold - age 16-24 12-18 months  If you have not achieved your Silver level, you need to extend your Volunteering or the longer of your Physical or Skills section to 18 months. 

We have a number of interesting and impactful ways you can spend your time:

Retail volunteers

Our retail volunteers help raise the funds needed for us to help cats and kittens in need – whether they have a passion for cats, retail or both! They identify, price and sort saleable items from donated stock, and prepare new window and in-store displays. The money raised goes directly to helping our feline friends. Even raising as little as 18p makes a difference, as this is enough to feed a cat in our care for a day.

To find out more about what these roles involve, click on the role descriptions below:

DofE participants must be over 16 years old to volunteer on the till or to steam clothes.

Fundraising volunteers

Our fundraising volunteers are part of a fun team that helps raise funds to help cats in need. They help plan and deliver exciting and varied fundraising events, such as craft fairs, cake sales, sponsored abseils and anything in between!

To find out more about what these roles involve, click on the role descriptions below:

DofE participants must be over 16 years old to volunteer with static collections, licensed lotteries & counting money.

Social media volunteers

Social media and cats go hand in hand, and our social media volunteers use their passion and knowledge of social media to promote the activities of local volunteer groups and teams though various channels. This is a volunteer role that can be done from home, on the train or even from the sofa!

To find out more about what this role involves, click on the role description below:

DofE participants must be over 14 years old to volunteer to help with social media.

Cat care volunteers

Across Cats Protection, our feline friends looking for new homes are cared for either at our adoption centres, by volunteer fosterers in their own homes or in purpose built pens in their gardens. Our cat care volunteers are part of a passionate team that look after and meet the needs of cats while they are in our care. This is an exciting role for cat lovers, as our cat care volunteers get to spend time directly with the cats when cleaning their pens, helping with feeding and when enriching their lives before they find their forever homes.

To find out more about what these roles involve, click on the role descriptions below:

DofE participants must be over 18 years old to volunteer within CP fosterers’ homes.

For more information, please see our DofE leaflet here

Parents/carers: to find out how to help your child get the most from their DofE experience, please see the DofE leaflet here

How to apply?

To find a role in your area that would suit your skills and requirements:-

Next, speak to your DofE Leader or visit the DofE website www.dofe.org

Once you have found a suitable role, please apply here and give back to your CP contact.

Please download our logbook to keep track of your volunteering hours here