The Mayhew relies on over 1,000 hours of volunteer time per month. From dog walking and kitten socialising to administration and adoption home checks, our volunteers are essential to everything we do.
Volunteering is also a great way to make you feel good! From getting together with like-minded people or getting active, to learning a new skill or giving something back to your local community, we have something that you can get involved in!
In return for your time, we’ll provide the training you need for your role to make sure you get the most out of volunteering with us.
Giving your time, skills and creativity can make an amazing difference.
There are the five simple steps to becoming a Mayhew volunteer.
Successful applicants will then be invited to The Home for an informal interview about your chosen role.
Depending upon the role, volunteers will be invited into The Home for an induction day, which will involve specific training. All new volunteers will receive a Volunteer Handbook and Volunteer Guidelines, which they must read through and sign before starting.
Volunteers are invited to a general induction, which will include a presentation on all The Mayhew’s wonderful work!
You’ll have ongoing support from our Voluntary Resources team, as well as your named supervisor.
For further information, please see our FAQ below.
Why does The Mayhew need volunteers? The Mayhew employs a minimum level of staff to keep outgoing costs down, so we need volunteers to support our staff. Any money saved goes towards the running of The Mayhew.
How much time do I have to commit? This is very much determined by the vacancy you are interested in. Hands-on volunteering with animals requires commitment to a weekly rota, with each session lasting at least 3 hours. An events volunteer may only give 3 hours per month, depending on availability and where the events are taking place. The job description for each vacancy includes the commitment required.
I work a shift pattern and want to be a kennel volunteer; can I volunteer at different times each week? Unfortunately not. We are currently looking for volunteers who can work to a rota and this will require each volunteer working the same time each week.
Do I need experience to volunteer? Experience is advantageous, but not essential as basic training will be given.
Will I need to provide references? Yes, we require two professional references. The Mayhew is dependent on the generosity of the public and so we have a responsibility to protect the money and goods donated to The Mayhew and the safety of staff, students, other volunteers and the animals in our care.
What if I’m taken on as a volunteer but decide I don’t like it? For most roles volunteers start on a month’s trial to make sure both they and The Mayhew are happy with the arrangement. At the end of the month the volunteer will have an informal review with the Volunteer Co-ordinator to discuss how the first month has gone, and to address any issues that have arisen. At this stage the volunteer may decide volunteering is not for them, or indeed The Mayhew may feel the volunteer doesn’t suit the role.
Does The Mayhew offer short-term work experience placements? Yes, The Mayhew does offer limited work-experience placements which are typically full-time placements for a minimum of two weeks. Please see the Education pages of this website for further information.
I’m under 18 years old- can I volunteer? We are unable to take volunteers younger than 18 years old.
What is the difference between volunteering and doing the qualification in Level 2 Animal Care?Volunteering is an unpaid, open ended position which does not have a qualification at the end. The qualification in Level 2 Animal Care is a part-time qualification (3 days a week) that usually takes fourteen months to complete. The cost of the qualification (approximately £850) is covered by The Mayhew, but the student does not receive payment for their work.
Can I claim volunteer expenses? Regretfully The Mayhew does not provide expenses for volunteers at present.
How do I apply? Please email Hayley Lynes, Voluntary Resources Coordinator for a role profile and application form for the vacancy you are interested in.