Make a difference to pets' lives - and yours too
Volunteering with Wood Green is incredibly rewarding. There’s lots of ways you can get involved, like helping in one of our charity shops where you’ll meet like-minded people and gain valuable experience. What’s more, we offer flexible hours that meet your needs!
During this extremely difficult time the best way you can support us to continue helping pets in need is by making an online donation or by calling our dedicated donation hotline on 0300 303 9876 - calls cost the same as a national rate call.
Please consider this as we rely on kind donations and our now closed chairty shops to carry out our work.
By volunteering, whether it’s spending time with pets or working in a Wood Green shop, you’ll make a difference – helping us be there for more pets in need. Find out about opportunities near you today.View volunteering vacancies
There are several ways you can help Wood Green - all of them are vital to helping animals in need.
• Animal welfare - we need help with cleaning, feeding and grooming the animals, socialising them and improving their environment.
• Community engagement - you could promote responsible pet ownership as a tour guide, mascot, or by supporting events.
• Corporate services - from maintenance, plumbing, carpentry and gardening to stores, security and environmental roles.
• Fundraising – support community events or take part in an extreme challenge to raise money. Or deliver campaign packs and sell raffle tickets.
We value diversity within our volunteer team and welcome applications from every section of the community.
You need to be 18 or older to volunteer at one of our centres.
You need to be 14 or older to volunteer at one of our charity shops.
You can still volunteer when claiming benefits but should inform your Job Centre of any volunteer work you are doing. As long as you continue to meet the conditions of receiving the benefit there should be no restrictions of the amount or type of volunteering you carry out.
All EU citizens can volunteer with Wood Green. If you’re from outside the EU and have a work or study visa, you can volunteer for the activity detailed on your visa. Unfortunately, if you have a visitor visa you can’t volunteer with us.
It is possible to get a visa specifically to allow volunteering in the UK however restrictions do apply. Please contact the British Embassy for more information.
If you have refugee status or exceptional leave to remain, you and your family members are allowed to do any type of work including volunteering in the UK.
Asylum seekers are permitted to volunteer for charities and voluntary organisations, including while appeals against asylum refusal are being considered. You will generally receive a document stating that you cannot take up employment but this does not apply to volunteering. Please see the Home Office website for more details.
We’re looking for reliable and committed volunteers who are able to agree to the times asked for on the role descriptions. Due to the investment in training and support of our volunteers we ask you to commit for a minimum of six months - we’re aware this may not be possible in all circumstances.
Unfortunately we’re unable to offer short term volunteer roles working directly with the animals due to the induction and training required.
Some roles need specific skills and experience - this will be outlined in the role description. You’ll receive training and support so you’re able to perform your role confidently, effectively and safely.
“ I enjoy the team environment and I love the cats. It is very satisfying when a nervous or frightened cat responds to you and later you learn they have found a home. ”