Branch Coordinator

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer co-ordinator with Northampton Branch?

Cats Protection helps around 200,000 cats and kittens every year and our vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs. Our volunteer co-ordinators play a vital role in helping us achieve our vision by helping improve the lives of cats in their local communities. Our volunteer co-ordinators support and lead a dedicated team of volunteers by planning activity and encouraging positive communications. They promote their local volunteer group and encourage teamwork and collaboration. They also oversee financial and cat care standards within the group and help ensure policies and procedures are followed.

This is a people-focused role and experience of managing people would be beneficial for anyone applying to be a volunteer co-ordinator. As a co-ordinator you have to be a team member as well as a team leader and key is the ability to pull everything together and to motivate and value all the volunteers. The role is very varied from doing the key admin to making difficult decisions and ensuring harmony is maintained within the team.

How long would I need to volunteer for each week?

The volunteer co-ordinator role is varied, flexible and can fit around existing commitments. Mostly co-ordinators volunteer up to about 10 hours per week. The role could be shared between more than one volunteer if needed. This is an important role and more hours might be needed at certain times, such as towards the end of the financial year. However, you will be part of a team of passionate volunteers and staff who will support you every step of the way.

What experience do I need?

Our volunteer co-ordinators come from diverse professional backgrounds, vary in age and have wide-ranging experiences of managing people. However, having strong interpersonal skills, experience of people management and good communication skills would be beneficial.

Will there be any support or training?
We believe our volunteers should be happy and confident in their roles. To make sure this is the case, support and guidance is available remotely from our National Cat Centre and face to face through regional and local volunteer groups and teams. We also have a brilliant online learning system where you can access learning related to everything from data protection to feline behaviour and infectious disease control.

Please email enquiries@northampton.cats.org.uk or call 0344 700 3251 for more information. Remember to leave your name, contact number, email address and an explanation of which volunteering opportunity you are interested in.