Why not make volunteering a New Year resolution

Torbay Weekly

Volunteers: The backbone of most rescues, especially local, independent ones, like ourselves, who pride ourselves with working in our local community.

In the 13 years Feline Network has been running, we’ve been supported locally, by many people who stepped forward to volunteer. In the early days, it was making cakes for the church fundraiser, now it’s the shop, always in need.

Fosterers who, over the years, have cared for our cats, home checkers who ensure they are going to the best homes, those behind the scenes, doing paperwork, accounts, cleaning the pens, driving cats to vets etc.

It is a team effort. And what of that team? Where do they all come from? Firstly, cat lovers, it’s a bit of a must with a cat rescue charity!

Some come with their own skills, accounts, cake baking, craft etc.  Others, it’s a learning curve, they may be stepping back after a career break, newly retired, recovering, new to the area – so many reasons, and often, as well as looking to work, they are looking for a social outlet, somewhere to make friends.

The shop is the mainstay of our fundraising, so needs to be open as much as possible and fully staffed, this has always been a challenge, contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to have shop experience to join us!

There are many roles within the shop, not all working with the public. We are a friendly, supportive team, the kettle is generally on! Maybe you are looking for a new challenge in 2022 – step in for a chat, or do a taster shift with us?

We are looking to reintroduce our craft afternoons in the new year, so would welcome anyone withing to teach a skill, encourage others or just want to show off their latest knitting project!!

The other important role is outreach, I touched on this a couple of weeks ago, but this really is important, saving the lives of cats in need.

So, if you’re looking for New Year’s resolutions, please do consider volunteering as an option, for whichever charity or cause you support!