Wherever you are in Scotland, we need you! Volunteering with us is fun, rewarding and critical to delivering our goal of protecting Scotland's animals.
*Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, all face-to-face volunteering is temporarily suspended until further notice. You are still able to join a local group and register your interest for volunteering – all activities will now be remote/virtual and outdoor activities will be granted permission to occur on a case-by-case basis. Get in touch with our team for more info*
Our volunteers play a key role in the success of our campaigns, helping build public support and get our message out there. We literally couldn’t do what we do and have the successes we have without them! Check out our Volunteer Groups page to see if we have a group in your area!
Here’s some of the things our volunteers do for us:
- Attend and organise local events to collect petition signatures, talk to the public about our campaigns, distribute campaigns material and sell merchandise and sign up new members.
- Organise local fundraisers like a pub quiz night, a vegan feast or an animal-themed fancy dress party to raise funds for our campaigns.
- Represent OneKind at national events like music festivals.
- Help out at our big campaign events like protests by for example, preparing materials like placards and looking after the crowds on the day
- Manage our social media
- Collect photographs for our campaigns
How it works
Send our Fundraising Coordinator Kirsty an email (email@example.com) and we’ll get in touch to see what kind of things you want to do with us and to put you in touch with your local group if you have one. If you don’t have a local group, don’t worry! You can still volunteer with us by signing up to national events and helping out remotely. Or you can start a local group of your own. Click here for more information about our local groups.
Ideally, we’d like you to send us a copy of your CV so we have a good idea of your skillset (don’t worry – a lack of experience isn’t a problem) or a short video explaining why you want to volunteer for us! Please email all material to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll try and get back to you as soon as we can about what opportunities might be available.
How much time do you need?
Whether it’s a day a week or a few hours a month, don’t hesitate to sign up. We need all the help we can get and it’s up to you to decide whether to sign up for an event, for example, or to help organise something.
Local group coordinators needed!
Our local groups have trebled in size over the last year (2018-2019). We now have active groups in Edinburgh, Fife, Fort William, Dundee and Glasgow. As well as city groups, we also have some social media volunteers who help run our Instagram account.
Our aim is to have local groups in all the major towns across Scotland, but to do this we need local group coordinators. Coordinators manage their local group, organise meetings and, with their group, they agree a plan for local activities and events. We support coordinators by providing them with event advice, booking and paying for locations, looking into license requirements and sending, attending some of their meetings and sending out all the material they need.
If you’re interested in becoming a local group coordinator let us know!
Potential Role Responsibilities
- Organising fundraising events in their local area with support from the Fundraising Coordinator
- Manage local volunteers, providing support and information to other volunteers
- Organising regular local group meetings to brainstorm with other volunteers on fundraising/events ideas
- To communicate regularly with the fundraising coordinator to provide local group updates and seek assistance with event organisation
- To set up events/fundraising stalls prior to the start of the event
- To have a great understanding of OneKind campaigns and health and safety policy
- To count and record donations and send materials/donations back to OneKind office
- Think creatively to come up with new fundraising/awareness raising events to support OneKind
What We’re Looking For
- A passion for improving animal welfare and making a difference
- Good communication skills (written and verbal)
- Positive work ethic
- Organisation and time management skills
- Comprehensive knowledge of animal welfare issues in Scotland and OneKind’s campaigns (can be learned before role commences with help from the OneKind team)
- Great team-work skills
- A desire to learn and make a difference
- A creative way of thinking
- Previous fundraising/events management experience preferred but not necessary
What Can Be Gained
- Valuable experience for a career in the animal welfare sector
- In-depth knowledge about animal welfare issues in Scotland
- A chance to lead on your own projects and organise events
- Networking opportunities – the chance to meet like-minded people!
- You can make a lasting, positive difference for Scotland’s animals
Please send a video or short letter explaining why you would be a good fit for this position, listing any skills, qualities or previous experience you have that would make you a good candidate for this role.
Please send all applications to Kirsty at email@example.com before Sunday 18th May.