BLOWING YOUR TRUMPET VOLUNTARILY!
Greyhound Rescue Wales is a charity made up of mainly of unpaid volunteers and rely on our greyhound supporters.
You can help by microvolunteering, which means you do not have to commit to set days, times, etc., or you can become one of our more regular volunteers.
If you wish to take part in microvolunteering click here for ideas. You do not need to fill in an application form for microvolunteering.
Below are the areas where we need regular volunteers. If you are interested in any of these please fill in our online form stating what you would like to do and someone will get back to you.
There is information on what is involved under each section.
We have a booklet of suggestions but are happy to hear ideas from you. Some of our suggestions may not be suitable during the current pandemic.
Emergency retail manager
We need people to cover our shops at a manager level in emergencies
We need people to help keep the Hillcrest grounds beautiful
Volunteers are needed to transport dogs to their homes, to our kennels and to veterinary practices.
We also need people to home-check.
Help in fundraising
We also need help organising fund-raising activities, helping at street collections or at the various shows and events we attend each year.
We attend shows or have our own fun dog shows through the year, in addition to sponsored walks. This gives us another opportunity to raise funds. In the past we have had various stalls including bring and buy, raffles, plants, cakes, cards and tombola. We have a merchandise stall which is ongoing. If you have any fresh ideas which you think would boost this side of our fund raising, please contact us.
We also need the help of professionals to advise us on legal issues, technical issues, land management, plumbing, building work, fencing, drainage, catering, event organisation – you name it we now need it!
We need people to organise and attend street collections. If you are able to join in with the street collections, you would be most welcome. These collections can be fun and very rewarding, as apart from bringing in much needed funds, the greyhounds themselves attract a very positive reaction from the public, especially children. We regularly get comments like “We’ve been told they make very good pets. “Isn’t it awful the way they are treated.”, “What is their history?”, “Are they easy to look after?”, “Good luck! You’re doing a great job.” and “Oh, they ’re lovely dogs.”
We wouldn’t get far without our shop volunteers. Shops are our largest source of income. We have shops in Merthyr, Cardiff, Neath, Blackwood and Swansea and are always looking for more people to help in these.
We point out that money collected goes to funding the cost of the sanctuary, plus jabs, micro chipping and neutering. This is ongoing. As one dog is adopted there is always another waiting to come in. There have been instances where children have not wanted to leave the dogs on our collections – we have had young children give all their pocket money when on a day out shopping – there are endless, heart-warming stories like this that re-kindle your belief in human kindness in times of economic hardship.
However, the harsh truth is we need more of almost everything – and not always does that equate to cash. We do need people with time, energy and effort to help us with the practical tasks that we come up against.
Hillcrest is our rehoming centre situated in Ammanford. It is where our hounds come to recuperate and be assessed prior to adoption. At present we have vacancies for DIY volunteers and gardeners.
Do you want to help create and implement strategy and good practice for Greyhound Rescue Wales?
We are particularly interested in talking to people with specific skills and experience such as: legal, property management, fund-raising, HR, knowledge of animal charities and if possible greyhound rescue, dog behaviourists or veterinary practitioners. (the list is not exhaustive)
We are particularly keen to achieve a diverse board of trustees and welcome applications from all sections of the community.
We also need donations and volunteers for our charity shops – unwanted Christmas and birthday presents, vintage clothing and goods are all welcome and can help raise funds to support our hounds.