We can’t do it without you

Volunteers play a vital role at the RSPCA Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Branch and are absolutely essential for the Branch to remain open and for our work to continue.

Your skills and abilities could make a real difference to the animals in our care. We have a variety of different roles that we offer, such as volunteering at our Fundraising Events, helping at our Charity Shop, Store & Street Collections, Home Visiting or assisting with animal care at our Centre.

There is something for everyone who would like to help.


140 volunteers help us carry out vital animal welfare work

Why volunteer?

There are many great benefits to becoming a volunteer with the RSPCA, not only is it a fantastic way to meet like-minded people who share the same enthusiasm for animal welfare, but it is also a great way to gain a new, or develop existing, skill sets. Volunteering also enables you to try something new, to gain a sense of purpose and achievement and gives you the fulfilment that comes with giving back to your local community.

As you may know, we are currently working towards our ‘Animal Centre Rebuild Appeal’ which will transform our Animal Centre into a state of the art safe haven for neglected, abused and abandoned animals. As we are a local independent charity, fundraising is a huge aspect of the work we undertake. We ask all volunteers who wish to become involved with the work we do at the RSPCA Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Branch to contribute a few shifts per year towards building awareness of our cause. This may include attending a Store or Street Collection for a couple of hours, collecting Collection Boxes from local businesses, or helping out at our different events. For more information about this appeal visit www.chesterfieldanimalcentrerebuild.org.uk

Volunteering roles

Charity Shop Volunteer

Our Branch has a Charity Shop situated in Chesterfield town centre outside the Market Hall and is therefore in a great location to build awareness about the work of the Animal Centre. As part of a small team, volunteers in the Charity Shop carry out a range of duties including interacting with customers, money handling, steaming clothes and assisting the Shop Managers with sorting stock. Those interested in becoming a volunteer within the shop ideally need to have experience within customer service, have a flexible approach to working and are able to work as part of a team.

Fundraising Volunteer

Being a part of the Fundraising and Events team is always a varied, exciting and rewarding! This role covers everything from prepping for events, speaking at school assemblies, and attending supermarket collections, all in the aim of building our awareness within the local community. As our fundraising opportunities vary in number every week, volunteers are only needed on an ad hoc basis normally for a couple of hours at a time, and as such is one of the most flexible roles we have to offer. As an independent charity, raising funds is vital to ensuring that our animal welfare work continues on and that we can help more animals in the future find new loving homes.

We are looking for people who are friendly, personable, enjoy meeting others, have an interest in animal welfare and are able to present a positive and informative image of the Branch.

Home Visitors

Our Home Visitors work across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire to visit potential adopters and ensure that our animals are moving into suitable home environments. They play a vital role within the adoption process and without their outstanding commitment, our animals would spend a longer period of time at the Centre. Home Visitors also carry out Post Adoption visits to make sure the animal is settling into his/her new home.

We rely heavily upon a Home Visitor’s flexibility and require volunteers across our large ranging area. Duties include arranging with potential adopters visits to their homes in hours that suit both sides, completion of paperwork and assisting adopters with any questions that they may have. Full training is given and support is available throughout. You must have a full driving license and have access to a vehicle on a regular basis. As Home Visitors mainly remain in an area close to their own home, this role can be completely flexible around a volunteer’s personal schedule and is therefore perfect for someone wanting to do something around current commitments.

Volunteer Receptionist

Through being part of the team that the public first come into contact with, it is important that you are outgoing, friendly, possess basic computer skills and have experience within customer service. Being a Volunteer Receptionist includes duties such as answering the telephone, helping the public with their queries, data entry and generally assisting visitors at the Animal Centre. Due to our opening hours, we only require assistance between the hours of 10am and 4pm Tuesday to Sunday.

If you are unable to commit to any of the volunteer roles we have, perhaps you would be interestedin contributing to our cause on a more independent basis? Many of our supporters, for example, find it rewarding to arrange events in aid of our Animal Centre and to encourage people in the community to support the animals we care for and re-home. Planning an event with friends such as a coffee morning or coordinating a collection of donated items in your neighbourhood for our charity shop are great ways to support local animal welfare whilst also meeting other animal-lovers like yourself. 


How do I volunteer?

If you have time to spare and are interested in helping our cause, you can apply to become a volunteer by using our secure online volunteer application form. Alternatively you can come down to the Animal Centre to pick up an application form or email volunteering@chesterfield-rspca-org-uk.jbpwebdesign.uk for further information.

Please be aware that following the application and interview process, volunteers are selected for activities based on their experience, skills and availability. Although we do our best to accommodate interested volunteers, the types and numbers of openings for volunteers vary considerably throughout the year, and as such we are unable to accept every application we receive. But should this be the case, we would encourage you to consider other avenues which can contribute to the work we do with the animals, for example planning sponsored events, or even just collecting your pennies in one of our Rebuild Tubes! Every little bit helps!

Without the continued and generous support of our team of dedicated volunteers, our Animal Centre would not operate as efficiently and effectively as it does. RSPCA branches are self-funding charities which means we are heavily reliant upon our community support.

Thank you for reading, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Due to the rebuild activity at the Centre we currently do not have any volunteer vacancies for animal care and dog walking until further notice. Thank you.