Who can volunteer with PDSA? ... Anyone can!
PDSA volunteers vary hugely in age, background and lifestyles but they have one thing in common – everyone is part of a valued and appreciated team.
To join this vital team all you have to do is volunteer; whatever time commitment you are able to give and whatever your skills and experience – with PDSA, you really can make a difference.
The minimum age to volunteer with PDSA is 14 – if you’re younger than this you can still get involved and help please visit our Young PDSA website.
26-year-old Tom Richards has been volunteering at Eastbourne PDSA store for over five years.
Tom is responsible for sorting and pricing donations, displaying stock and serving customers; he is even more remarkable as he lives with Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism that causes difficulties interacting and communicating with people.
However, through his volunteering, Tom has overcome many difficulties and is a valuable member of the volunteer team.
Fundraiser Phyllis Seymour is Chairperson of the Croydon Guild fundraising group and has been a loyal supporter of PDSA for over 45 years.
Along with the help of other volunteers and members of staff at Croydon PDSA PetAid hospital, Phyllis organises two dog shows each year, as well as other fundraising events.
She devotes over ten hours a week to PDSA.
Adrian Hobbs Burfitt volunteers five days a week at the Bath PDSA store.
Despite his full-time shifts, he often devotes additional hours or days to cover sickness or staff holidays.
As a key volunteer, Adrian received full training from PDSA and assists the shop manager in all aspects of the day-to-day running of the shop.
Kristian Little, 35, has volunteered at PDSA’s Head Office since 1998.
He does a variety of roles, including helping in the post room and the kitchen and enjoys the variety of tasks he gets to do while volunteering at PDSA.
After graduating, Tamieka wanted to gain some practical work experience so volunteered at PDSA’s Head Office.
During her time there, she developed new skills, boosted her confidence in an office environment and found out more about PR and Marketing – the career path she was interested in pursuing.
Animal lover Joyce wanted to challenge herself to do something different, so she started helping at the Leeds PDSA store to keep active and meet new people 12 years ago.
As a key volunteer, Joyce received full training from PDSA to assist the manager in aspects of the day-to-day running of the shop. She now volunteers six days a week, starting at 9.30am and often stays until the shop closes at 5.00pm because she enjoys it so much
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