Due to our insurance, we’re unfortunately unable to allow anyone under the age of 16 to carry out volunteering or work experience opportunities within our rehoming centres or charity shops.
However, we are aware that we’re lucky enough to have many young supporters who are keen to help the animals in our care. Therefore, we have come up with a selection of ways in which our Young Animal Heroes can get involved and help us to promote the work of NAWT as well as raise vital funds for the animals in our care:
Looking for something a bit different to do on your birthday? Invite your friends along for a private tour of your local rehoming centre.* A dedicated staff member will show you around the site, including some ‘behind the scenes’ areas, which aren’t usually open to the public. They’ll introduce to you some of the animals and you’ll have the opportunity to feed the cats and dogs via chutes on their kennel doors. You’ll hear all about life running a rescue and rehoming centre and learn some interesting facts about the animals housed at the centre.
Whilst we can’t supply food for these tours, you are very welcome to bring along a packed lunch and we can provide a space for you and your friends to enjoy some lunch at the end of your tour. We will provide drinks refreshments and answer any questions you and your friends might have following your exploration of the centre.
When it’s time to say goodbye, you and your friends will be given a NAWT goodie bag to take home, including the latest copy of our magazine, a pen, a badge, stickers and a fluffy logo bug.
Tours cost just £10 per head and all money goes towards the care of the animals in the centre.
*Unfortunately we're currently unable to offer Birthday Tours at our Clacton centre.
Help out at an Open Day with a parent
Each of our centres run two Open Days a year and a lot of other fundraising events around the Open Days. These are vital for helping to fund our work but we need all the help we can get to ensure the days go without a hitch. We rely on the help of volunteers to manage these days as the more help we have, the more stalls we can run and the more money we raise.
Whilst we aren’t allowed to let you man a stall on your own at any of these events, we could arrange for you and a parent or guardian who is over 18 to man a stall together. This is a fantastic way to help the animals in our care and gain some valuable fundraising experience.
Like and share posts on our social media channels
This is an area where we really need the support of our young, tech-savvy animal heroes!
Help us spread the word of NAWT to more potential supporters by following our social pages and ‘liking’ and ‘sharing’ your favourite posts.
Fundraise for your local centre
The animals in our centres rely entirely on the generosity of our supporters and the enthusiasm of our dedicated fundraisers. We don’t receive any government funding, so without your support we wouldn’t be able to continue the work we do rescuing and rehoming homeless and abandoned animals.
If you’d like to make a difference to a homeless animal’s life, then fundraising for your local centre is a brilliant way to supply them with some much-needed funds. There are all sorts of fundraising initiatives you can run and we’re always excited to see new ideas. However, if you need a little bit of inspiration then you can find an A – Z of fundraising ideas in our Fundraising Support Pack.
If you're interested in becoming a member of our Young Supporters Club and would like more information on how to take part in any of the suggestions listed above, please contact your local centre.