Volunteer for us image

Volunteer for us

Oppportunities to give your time, whether you can give a little or a lot

Giving your time is a wonderful gift to us. Volunteers have an indispensable role both at the Home assisting staff and representing us in our community. Each role – from getting stuck into our laundry to being in charge of a collection at an event – is an important part of the charity’s work as a whole. 

Together with you we can do the best for our animals and the charity.

» Click here to read our Volunteering Blogs for stories about our volunteers

Current volunteer vacancies

» Sign up for our Jobs & Volunteers email, which we send when new posts are announced so you never miss out!

Please note that we do not currently have any dog walking or cattery volunteer vacancies.  We also cannot offer any volunteering placements for under 18s. 

Charity Shops

We have a fantastic opportunity for you to expand and develop your retail skills within a charity environment and gain work experience, transferable to your CV. This voluntary role is a great way to meet new people, be part of a team, gain self-confidence and be a major part of helping unwanted and abandoned animals in need.

At present, we need volunteer support in our Bradford-on-Avon, Frome and Trowbridge shops, all of which are open Monday to Sunday. If you are based in Bradford-on-AvonFrome or Trowbridge, we would be particularly interested in speaking with you about this excellent role!

About the Role

As an invaluable member of the team, your role can be tailored to suit you! We currently offer two primary roles within our shops which include being a face of the charity; a focus on customer interaction, customer service and till use. Or be “behind the scenes” as our stockroom assistant; with duties of stock sorting, steaming and processing. 

We have charity shops on Moorland Road in Bath, Stony Street in Frome, The Shires in Trowbridge and Silver Street in Bradford-on-Avon. At present, our volunteer requirements are: 

Bradford-on-Avon: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Morning and afternoon shifts of 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm are available.
Trowbridge: Thursday morning, Friday morning, Saturday morning and afternoon, Sunday morning and afternoon.
Frome: Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday. Morning and afternoon shifts 10am-1pm and 1pm-4pm are available.

About you

You will be an enthusiastic individual with a love for animals and charity shops. You will be well presented, friendly and enjoy meeting new people. It is vital you are reliable and trustworthy and able to offer a relatively regular set of hours each week to fit with shop needs. Previous retail experience is an advantage but is not essential. You should be in reasonably good health to carry out some manual handling tasks. 

Full in person training will be provided for donation sorting and retail guidelines, as well as our waste management and recycling processes. All staff and volunteers are required to complete online Health & Safety training prior to their start date. Due to insurance restrictions, we can only take on volunteers over the age of 18. 

To apply, please complete the application form and send it to Hayley Crymble, Volunteer Engagement Manager on hayleycrymble@bcdh.org.uk. You will then be invited for a taster session to gain further insight into the role. 

Street Collections

We are seeking friendly and confident people who are interested in raising vital funds for Bath Cats and Dogs Home to attend street collections in Bath, Bradford-on-Avon, Midsomer Norton and Trowbridge throughout the year. Opportunities for collecting are highly sought after by all charities. They not only raise funds (some buckets come back with hundreds of pounds in) but also raise the profile of our charity within our local community. 

About the Role

You will be standing with a collection bucket, chatting to members of the public and being a cheery face for the charity. We ask for 1-2 hours of your day each time (if you are bringing a dog, shorter time slots will be given to ensure your dog's wellbeing). Although this volunteer role is not on-site, it is vital to our work and possibly one of the most important volunteer roles we have available. 

Bath Dates  

Saturday 25th November 
Saturday 9th December 

About You

You will need a cheery disposition, be confident and polite. You will be required to stand for 1-2 hours at a time, which should be considered upon application. If you have a friendy dog who likes to meet new people, you are welcome to bring them along with you as this is always a conversation starter! Having your own transport is more convenient but not essential. 

All volunteers are required to complete online Health & Safety training prior to their start date. Due to insurance restrictions, all volunteers must be over the age of 18.

To apply, please fill in the form below and return to Hayley Crymble, Volunteer Engagement Manager, at hayleycrymble@bcdh.org.uk

Fundraising Events

We have an exciting opportunity for supporters of Bath Cats & Dogs Home who may not be able to commit to a weekly volunteer slot to get involved in events throughout the year. This varied role offers you the chance to experience different volunteering positions, ranging from street collections and in-store fundraising drives to large events including the Bath Half Marathon and our annual Wag Walk. Each of these events are equally important to raising vital funds for the Home as well as raising our profile in the community.

About the Role 

Volunteering at events offers you the opportunity to meet other volunteers and learn about how you each support the Home. Events volunteering can demonstrate how Bath Cats & Dogs Home has touched so many people's lives. You will meet former residents of Bath Cats & Dogs Home at Wag Walk and hear about their adoption journey, as well hearing from runners at the Bath Half why they are fundraising for us. If you have a relaxed dog that likes meeting people, you are welcome to bring them along with you to street collections and fundraising drives as this is always a conversation starter! 

Booked events for 2023: 

  • Street collections in Bath, Bradford-on-Avon, Midsomer Norton and Trowbridge
  • Fundraising drives at Pets at Home's Bath, Brislington and Trowbridge stores
  • Wag Walk
  • The Bath Half Marathon 
  • 'Chilly 10k' and 'Chilly Duathlon' see our events page for more details
  • Skyline Race

Most events take place during the day on weekends, with the exception of Pets at Home's Santa Paws fundraising drive, which includes some weekdays. 

About You

If you have a love for animals, are outgoing and enjoy meeting new people, this may be the volunteering role for you! You will need to be confident and have an approachable nature as you will be speaking with members of the public about the work that we do. At street collections, the Bath Half Marathon and Wag Walk, you may be required to stand for over an hour at a time, which should be considered upon application. 

All volunteers are required to complete online Health & Safety training prior to their start date. Due to insurance restrictions, all volunteers must be over the age of 18. 

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please complete an application form and send it to Hayley Crymble, Volunteer Engagement Manager, on hayleycrymble@bcdh.org.uk


Work for us

Other ways to give


Corporate Volunteer Days

Our site uses cookies to give you the best experience. Find out how to manage your cookies or click accept and continue using our site.