Oak & Furrows, Blakehill Nature Reserve, Malmesbury Rd, Leigh, Cricklade, Wiltshire, SN6 6RA. Telephone: 01793 751412

Volunteering

There are many ways to volunteer to help Oak and Furrows. If any of the below options interest you, in the first instance please email the centre at info@oandf.co.uk  so that we can forward a questionnaire.  Once we have received this we will then arrange an initial induction with one of our staff members.  This will involve touring the centre and giving you an idea of the roles involved, it normally takes half an hour.

Please be aware that any work with the animals in our care requires you to be over 14 years of age for insurance purposes and it also requires you to have an up to date tetanus vaccination.

Rescue & Response Drivers

At present we have one voluntary full time collection driver. He can be on the road for hours at a time and bring in up to 20 casualties each day.

We need more volunteer drivers as we cover a 35 mile radius in and around Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, Witney and Wiltshire.  At the moment we have a flexible rota with drivers who can spare half a day or more a week to be 'On call' to collect animals for us, mainly from vets and private addresses. This will require your own transport as you will be bringing the casualty to us, however you can choose the area you can cover as to not travel long distances. Sometimes it is a case of meeting members of the public half way to collect casualties to save fuel and travel time. You are also welcome to use one of our response vehicles if needed.

Wildlife Care Assistants

We have a lot of animals in our care at any one time, which in the mornings all need cleaning out and fresh food. The animals also need care through out the day and this is where our wildlife care assistant volunteers come in. This job can be quite repetitive, especially when we have 80+ hedgehogs in over the winter months.

This involves a lot of cleaning and manual work, which can be quite hard work. You do not get a lot of interaction with the animals as they are wild and we hope to keep them all this way so they can be released. However, you do get to see a range of wildlife up close which is very rewarding. The most useful time for us to have volunteers is in the mornings, however we do have evening shifts available in the summer months.

Becoming a Trustee

We are also looking for new trustees the ideal people would be interested in wildlife rescue, rehabilitation, conservation and education. Be business minded or have a particular area of expertise in marketing, HR or fundraising and be willing to spare around one evening a month to discuss and plan the running, needs and future of the charity. If this sounds like you we would be delighted to talk with you.

Please call or email info@oandf.co.uk for more information

Fundraising

We are always needing people willing to donate their time to run fundraising events or ideas for us, this work is crucial. It could be anything from running a stall at a local event, to collecting money outside a super market for a day or even sponsored events.  We can always provide collection tins, leaflets and display boards if needed. Any thing that could raise some money for us would work!

Here are some more ideas on how you could be an Oak and Furrows fundraiser;

  • Cake Sales
  • Raffles
  • Special School Days (e.g. Non-uniform days)
  • Tombolas
  • eBay Charity Auctions
  • Setting up a collection point for donations
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