Hey everyone, I’m Sarah and in 2017 I volunteered as a campaigns intern for OneKind. Supporters often ask ‘what do volunteers do at OneKind?’. OneKind has an amazing bunch of volunteers who do a wide range of things, from helping in the office, to going out and collecting petition signatures. They also represent OneKind at a lot of events. But what did I get up to as a volunteer? Read on to find out …
I spent a lot of my time researching some of the key topics relevant to OneKind campaigns online. These included the use of CCTV in slaughterhouses, the puppy trade in Scotland, and welfare issues associated with live transport of animals.
Because the OneKind team is so small, we all help out with admin tasks, including collating petition signatures and sending out shop orders. One great example of this is that when the magazine is published. The team all help with sending them out, ensuring that they get to our members in time!
3. Supporting OneKind publications and campaigns
I helped proof-read magazines, blog posts and reports. One example of this is that I helped with the data collection for the Puppy Profiteers report that documented the problems with the puppy trade in Scotland. I also helped support the various campaigns by OneKind, including campaigns to stop the slaughter of mountain hares and to ban live exports.
Volunteering for OneKind was an incredibly rewarding experience and it was wonderful to be a part of such a passionate and dedicated team who want to end cruelty to Scotland’s animals. I also learned so much as a volunteer and gained a lot of skills, which ultimately helped me to land a job as OneKind’s Project Officer for the salmon farming campaign.
I would recommend volunteering at OneKind to anyone. Volunteering doesn’t have to be an office-based position like mine, there are a wide range of opportunities to suit everyone. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact our Volunteer and Events Officer Sarah Mackenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org .