We are constantly searching for volunteers in order to keep the North Tyneside Branch of Cats Protection working.
The existing members are all getting on a bit, and we need younger people to continue the work we started 20 years ago.
A few years ago we held a recruitment campaign over in the West End of Newcastle, and quite a few people came forward with the view of starting a brand new Branch. However due to the economic climate our Headquarters had to halt creating new branches for a while. This we hope will change in 2013.
If you would like to put your name down for a role with the new Newcastle West Branch please click the link below
So this brings us to what sort of roles do we need people to do.
Co-ordinator - this roles requires experience in computing and general office procedures. Your role would be to liase with HQ and of course the public and Veterinary Practices, various suppliers etc., keep harmony within the group, ensure all volunteers work within CP Guidelines
Homing Officer - this role requires people skills, as dealing with the public as well as fosterers will be primary. as well as ensuring the wellbeing of all the cats in our care.
Welfare Officer - this role requires a reasonable knowledge of Animal Welfare, and would involve dealing with the public. Familiarisation with Cats Protection Guidelines, and local authority by-laws. Not as intimadating as it sounds.
Neutering Officer - this role would be to organise neuterings of feral colonies via the branch trapping team and Veterinary surgeries in the area, the issue of neutering vouchers to the public and keeping records.
Fosterers - this role initially involves a spare room in order to keep the foster cat isolated from your own pets. Fosterers work from CP guidelines, in order to keep the spread of any infection which could be underlying. A Fosterer would need to be able to get a foster cat to an account holding Veterinary Surgery for medical check ups, neutering, vaccination, chipping etc., as well as emergency situations, then once ready for a new home, complete paperwork etc.,
Trappers - this role involves trapping, delivery to Vets, collection and return to site of feral/stray cats.
Transporters - this role involves taking cats to Vets on behalf of the rest of the team, collection from Vets and the public. A car is essential.
Home Visitors - this role does require people skills, as it involves visiting prospective owners in their own homes and interviewing to assess what kind of cat they want, and whether one chosen is right for them, as well as pointing out possible dangers within the home that could cause problems with their new pet. Plus general advice, answering questions from them, and assuring them of CP's dedication to help them as much as possible...
Fundraising Team - this role involves working with the group to raise funds to finance the care of the cats.
Currently we are in search of people to help the Branch by working in the roles listed below:-
1) Fosterers - the role requires the volunteer to have a spare room where the foster cat can be kept away from household pets. Outdoor pens can be supplied to suitable premises, but only when we are satisfied the fosterer is happy in their role, as these pens can be very costly to the Branch. Fosterer's must live in, or very close to the borders of North Tyneside, and have access to transport in order to take their foster cat to the Vets etc.,
2) Driver for Shop Duties - this role would suit a male or strong female, who could help with collections of clothing donations etc., and carry them upstairs to our shop in Wallsend. A van will be supplied for the use of during shop hours. Full driving licence required, and resident in or very close to the borders of North Tyneside.
If you click the link below it will bring up the application form to show interest in volunteering.
Please note, these forms are not retained, but destroyed to protect you in accordance with the Data Protection Act.