How far will your volunteering reach?

Where do you want your volunteering to have an impact?  At home? In your area? Nationally? Overseas?  Here are a few ideas...

UK Politics

Thursday 8th June 2017 was the UK General Election.  So what do animal charities have to say?

Sign the petition started on Care2.com asking for Gove to be removed as Minister for the Environment - Care2.com will tell you why.

List of Animal Charities
Koalas need your help

Koalas are being left homeless, thanks to excessive tree clearing. 

Click here to find out how you can help

SUCCESS: Elephant Corridor Appeal

Give elephants a wildlife corridor in India

SUCCESS: 
The World Land Trust has reached its target to help Indian elephants.  Find out more here

Organic Beauty Gifts

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Help Butterfly Conservation with organic beauty gifts from Green People. Find out more here

Wildlife News

Please help animals in disasters.  World Animal Protection (previously the WSPA) help animals around the world in times of disaster e.g. flooding, earthquakes etc.  Click here for more info

Planning for disasters for your pets, livestock & zoos.  More...

Looking for a team day to help with team working? Why not help wildlife & animal charities?

 

If your organisation or company is looking to hold an away day or to do a team building activity, then why not really do something meaningful for the day?

Give your team the chance to enjoy the feel-good factor that comes through volunteering & making a difference, & let them get out into the fresh air and enjoy an outdoors team building day in a different environment.

Team building events are often considered an extravagance and secretly dreaded by many staff, but here's an opportunity to bring people together and volunteer for conservation and animals. Helping a charity can give the company and charity good PR and could even lead to further opportunities for the two to work together. 

The good thing about team days spent helping wildlife charities is that your team may not actually have any contact with animals - which may please some of your team.

There are a number of charities which organise team buildling activities or away days, and here are a few. You could also contact local animal charities & wildlife conservation groups to find out if there is anything your company could do to lend a paw. Please note that we don't organise these ourselves - we just wanted to give you an idea of the good your company could do to help your team building efforts

National

The RSPB
Clearing nettles, enriching the biodiveristy in meadows, preserving nature & wildlife, bashing bracken, chopping down non-native seedlings - the RSPB has away days around the UK and you can find a list of RSPB away days here. Fresh air, team work, the boss up to their knees in mud - this is a great chance for your company to do its bit for nature & wildlife.

London Support the Royal Parks - Get your team out of the office and work together in the great outdoors; from restoring benches to making bat boxes, you’ll have a fantastic day! For more details about how your company could enjoy an away day helping the eight Royal Parks in London, click here

London
Cambs,
Herts

Wood Green Animal Shelter This charity's vision is that all pets are well cared for in loving homes for life. There is not a lot of information on their site, but it does say that Corporate Membership benefits include staff volunteering/development days. Wood Green has centres in Cambridgeshire, London and Hertforshire. Click here for more info
London Mayhew Animal Home. Activities may include the chance to enrich the lives of the residents, help with preparations for a fund-raising event or lend a hand with grounds & home maintenance. Teams can handle the animals at the end of the day, so that the animals have a chance to say thank you in person! More...
London Surrey Docks Farm This city farm has projects which need manpower & a bit of money - there are always things which need doing on a farm. There are lovely case studies of Deutsche, Barclays & EDF who have all got stuck in. More info
London Hackney City Farm - head to Hackney, where the tasks to be done may include planting, building fences, spreading woodchip, mucking out Larry the donkey. They also offer specific activities designed to improve teamwork, awareness, and thinking in systems. Bring out your teams' corporate or competitive natures, depending on the day! Find out more here
Guernsey The GSPCA. The Guernsey Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals can offer a day of organised activities which will help benefit the charity, the animals in its care & give your team the chance to make a difference. Tasks may include ground work, animal care & admin - click here for info
Hampshire Hawk Conservancy Trust
The Trust is a conservation charity and award winning visitor centre. It works in the fields of conservation, education, rehabilitation and the research of birds of preyhas & it has over 40 years' experience in providing corporate entertainment, whether you're looking for activities to develop your staff members as individuals or as a team or just give them an exciting day away! Corporate events can range from basic bird handling sessions (your guests can handle and fly raptors including owls, hawks, vultures and eagles) or combined events where training sessions in their meeting rooms can be incorporated into the day. Challenges & competitions with a bird or conservation theme can also be enjoyed. Many companies organise ‘working days’, where staff help with activities such as painting the Trust's buildings, refurbishing aviaries for our birds, improving the planted areas or generally lending a hand to upgrade facilities for visitors. Click here for more info
Surrey

Surrey Wildlife Trust
Get active with the Surrey Wildlife Trust for a day. Team tasks are dictated by the season's needs, but may include tree planting, fabricating and installing steps, fences, disabled paths or pond dipping platforms, invasive scrub clearance (young birch and bracken), building bonfires or ragwort pulling. Click here for more info

National National Trust
The National Trust Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV) is for business and public sector employers wishing to make a difference either as individuals or in teams. For more details, contact volunteering@nationaltrust.org.uk or you could find the National Trust place nearest to you and see if they have any details on their webpage about employee volunteering
Various RSPCA
RSPCA centres & branches often have projects for team building events & corporate volunteers, whether this may involve helping to maintain the grounds of an animal centre or revamping a branch charity shop. Click here for more info.
UK

Wildlife Trust
The 47 Wildlife Trusts in the UK are dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places at land and sea. They work with almost 2,000 businesses across the UK - the way each Trust works with business depends on local needs. But they all give businesses the chance to contribute to the protection & restoration of the environment in their local areas, often through employee volunteering & team buildling opportunities. Click here to find your local Wildlife Trust to see how you can work together.

UK Wildfowl and Wetands Trust
The WWT conserves wetlands for wildlife and people. Amphibians, freshwater reptiles & mammals all depend on wetlands - they support more species than most people would expect, and they provide society with many benefits. The WWT
has a Corporate Volunteering scheme - to find out more, choose a WWT centre and look at their volunteering page for details. There are 9 centres, in West Sussex, London, Carmarthenshire, County Down, Dumfriesshire, Lancashire, Gloucestershire, Tyne & Wear & Norfolk

 

Give wildlife a pond

Wildlife need water as well.  Give the wildlife in your garden a pond - it doesn't have to be a big one!  More info

Dogs DIE in hot cars

Would you know what to do if you saw a dog in a car on a hot day? Find out more here

Give the gift of water

Give working animals the gift of water - here's how you can do it. 

Cat Care in Hot Weather

Cats Protection have advice for cat owners and carers in hot weather.  Click here to pounce on it!

Art World Conservation

Art World Conservation are having an amazing charity event in August to raise awareness about wildlife, conservation and climate change. More Info

Ways to help
Avoid plastic

Plastic and litter can really damage wildlife and the world around us.  Find out more here

Insure your pet & help animals

Animal Friends have policies for pets & horses. A good whack of any profits they make goes to help registered animal charities around the world. Like them on Facebook, & they will give £1 for every "Like" they get to animal charities. Get a quote from Animal Friends.