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Do you have a professional expertise you could use to help a good cause?

Are you passionate about animal welfare?

We are looking for Volunteer Trustees to manage the affairs of the RSPCA Bury, Oldham & District Branch to promote and provide animal welfare within the branch area.

As a trustee of a branch, you will have the chance to influence how we care for and prevent cruelty to animals. The position is home based, and non-operational and meetings generally take place in Oldham.

The Branch has 32 paid staff and around 150 volunteers.  We have a large animal rehabilitation and rehoming centre based near the idyllic Strinesdale Reservoir in Oldham. At the animal centre, we also run specific public access veterinary clinics. 

The branch is self-funding, independent charity licenced by the RSPCA and income to the branch is currently via donations, legacies, clinics, fundraising and a network of retail shops in Bacup, Bury, Glossop, Oldham, Radcliffe, Ramsbottom, Rawtenstall, Royton, Shaw, and Springhead.

 

Key activities

To work with your fellow trustees and branch officers and jointly act in making or approving decisions of the branch CEO for the best interest of the branch and the RSPCA. Ensure the branch meets all the minimum animal welfare standards and look at ways of improving delivery of services which aid animal welfare locally.
Get involved with income generation, awareness, planning, marketing and help drive the charity forward.
In time, you will be familiar with the aims of the RSPCA, the branch rules and policies.
To actively participate in branch committee meetings and to attend the branch annual general meeting.
You may have the opportunity to attend other regional and national meetings as well as the chance to work on smaller focus groups looking at particular areas of branch activity.

It’s a great way to meet like-minded people who share your enthusiasm for animal welfare. You will have the opportunity to gain new skills and develop existing ones, whilst making a real difference to the lives of animals. Trustee training is provided, and on-going support will be available.

 

Times & preferred duration of commitment

Monthly Board Meetings are generally 2-3 hours in duration and are either conducted face to face at the animal centre in Oldham, or via online meetings. Above that we are looking for someone with the right attitude to lead, work with and drive our animal welfare charity. Membership to the RSCPA National society will be required following a probationary period.

 

Experience / skills / knowledge / personal qualities required

Most people aged 18 or over are eligible to become a trustee.
You will need to be able to work with people and have good interpersonal skills.
You do not need to be an expert although commitment, common sense and the ability to be objective is vital.
We are seeking persons with specific skills such as finance, fundraising, project management, business experience, awareness of employment and/or charity legislation, but not essential.
New RSPCA trustees are provided with a document “Guidance for Branch Trustees” and asked to attend a training course which provides information and guidance about a trustee’s role and responsibilities.
Ongoing support is also provided by regional and national RSPCA staff in addition to any additional training provided by the relevant branch.

The role is voluntary, however reasonable out of pocket expenses may be claimed.

 

To apply, please send a brief email to the Branch Secretary outlining your particular expertise and interest in the role to:

secretary@rspcaburyandoldham.org.uk

or apply via Indeed HERE