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Admin volunteers help provide vital admin support to our volunteer groups and teams across Cats Protection. They help keep up to date records of the number of cats that have been rehomed, collate supporter details and send out newsletters. This could be the perfect volunteer role if you have administrative experience, a passion for cats, or both! Duties include :

  • Recording relevant information related to your volunteer group
  • Signposting enquiries to the relevant teams within Cats Protection
  • Sending information to supporters, volunteers and to our National Cat Centre
  • Distributing information leaflets if required

Skills (not essential) :

  • Administrative and organisational skills
  • Willingness to be part of a team
  • Previous experience in office administration (would be an advantage)

Administration volunteers usually spend 2 to 3 hours per week in this role, which is flexible and can be shared by more than one volunteer if needed.

Our rehoming team leaders support a team of volunteer home visitors who collectively play an important part in matching our feline friends with their new families. The role includes :

 

  • Being the first point of contact for home visitor volunteers
  • Advising and answering questions from volunteer home visitors
  • Responding to rehoming enquiries
  • Matching cats with new homes in line with Cats Protection policies and procedures

       Liaising with the Welfare team leader in order to manage cats in and out of foster care 

 

You should have a :

  • Basic knowledge of cats and cat care
  • An appreciation of suitable homing environments
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Record keeping and administration skills
  • Patience and the ability to deal with sensitive situations
  • Willingness to be part of a team
  • The ability to bring out the best in others

The rehoming team leader role is vital within the busy volunteer groups and centres. The current volunteers spend around 10 to 12 hours per week in this flexible role, which can be shared by more than one volunteer if needed.

 

Our welfare team leaders have the important role of co-ordinating, encouraging and supporting teams of volunteer fosterers and cat care volunteers. They help make sure other volunteers with direct cat care roles are happy and confident and provide advice and guidance when needed. This incredible teamwork means we are able to help more cats and kittens in need. Duties include

  • Co-ordinating and supporting cat care volunteers and fosterers
  • Making sure Cats Protection’s quality of care is provided to all cats
  • Observing policies, procedures, minimum veterinary and cat care standards
  • Keeping up to date records of cats in care and helping match cats to new homes
  • Record keeping via use of Catalog may be done by individuals other than the Welfare Team leader eg, Administration volunteer or individual fosterers

You should have a :

  • Basic knowledge of cats and cat care
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Record keeping and administration skills
  • A well organised and practical approach
  • The ability to deal with sensitive situations
  • The capability to bring out the best in others

The time expectation for this role will vary depending on the number of volunteers and cats in care. The welfare team leaders usually spend between 10 to 12 hours per week in this role which flexible and can be shared by more than one volunteer if needed.

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