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    We are now recruiting for foster carer volunteers, please see below for further information on all volunteer activity.

    While we continue to adhere to social distancing, we are not recruiting for any new volunteers other than foster carers.

    Any individual vacancies will be posted here if and when they become available. Please note that we are unable to keep waiting lists. We're doing everything we can for the wellbeing of our animals, employees and volunteers to keep everyone safe. You can find out more here.

    Mayhew relies on over 1,000 hours of volunteer time per month!

    From our reception team to adoption home visits and events, our volunteers have played a key part in everything we do. They dedicate their valuable time to help animals and people in need and assist our full time team in their day to day jobs. Whilst not all of our volunteers are able to continue their important work, we look forward to welcoming them back when we are able to do so once again.


    Our volunteer roles

    Our volunteers support Mayhew in a number of areas including reception, events, fundraising, fostering, animal care, home checking and as Trustees. Volunteers receive training, commit to a set shift within our weekly schedule and stay for a minimum of three months with us. Our roles with the animals in our Home are very sought after and we only take applications for these when we are advertising a vacancy on our website.

    Why should I volunteer for Mayhew?

    • It is very rewarding
    • You will meet like-minded people
    • You will learn new skills
    • You will be giving something back to your local community
    • You will be helping to improve the lives of animals
    • We will provide you with the training you need for your role

    Can I be a volunteer?

    What you need to know:

    • You must be able to commit to working the same shift each week
    • You must be over 18
    • You must be able to commit to a minimum of three months volunteering with us
    • You do not necessarily need experience, although it is advantageous
    • You will need to provide two professional references
    • You will have a one month review period so that you and Mayhew can make sure the role is right for you
    • Mayhew cannot cover expenses

    Looking for volunteer days for your business?

    If you are looking to organise a charity for your organisation or business, you can get in touch with us by emailing Partnering with Mayhew can help you develop and fulfil your Corporate Social Responsibility goals and elevate your brand within the animal lovers’ community.

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    Investing in volunteers

    Mayhew is proud to have been awarded an Investing in Volunteers accreditation. Investing in Volunteers (IiV) is the UK quality standard for good practice in volunteer management.