Thank you for being interested in volunteering with Ferndown Homing Centre.  

By volunteering with Cats Protection you really can help make a  difference to the lives of cats, kittens and people in your community and across the UK.

Cats Protection on average help nearly 190,000 cats and kittens in any one year, and much of this is thanks to the help and dedication of volunteers across the UK.

Volunteering with Ferndown Homing Centre

We recently asked our Centre Volunteers to give us ONE WORD that described how they feel about volunteering here at the Ferndown. Here are some of the words they chose:
There are a variety of ways to volunteer within Cats Protection and Ferndown Homing Centre, such as:

* Assisting with the care and socialisation of the cats
* Administration and reception
* Gardening & odd jobs
* Helping the centre with PR and open days
* Joining our fundraising team

Your time is hugely important to us and we take volunteer roles very seriously.   Each and every volunteer is a hugely valued member of our team, and we offer training, advice, support and guidance and strive to make volunteer roles as enjoyable as possible.  

As a volunteer we aim to ensure you feel you are directly contributing to the care of the cats, as well as having the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and form new friendships.

Given the nature of what we do on any given day, we do need to have an organised and structured approach to our week so ideally we need volunteers who feel able to regularly commit to a set time /day each week.

To find out more about volunteer roles at Ferndown Homing centre and other opportunities in the local area, please visit our “Find an Opportunity” page.   We also often advertise through our local Volunteer Bureau, Volunteer Centre Dorset, or you can contact us on 03000 120 175 or via ferndown@cats.org.uk and we will be happy to let you know if we have any current opportunities.  


Work Experience / Silver & Gold Duke of Edinburgh Placements

We are delighted to be an approved activity provider for the volunteering section of the Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh award for students aged 16 years or over.   Volunteering with us is an excellent way to gain experience, develop your skills and to meet the volunteering requirements for the award.

We take education very seriously and because of the time and commitment we put into each and every placement, we are only able to offer a very limited number of placements (subject to availability).

It is very important to us that volunteering is a beneficial experience for all involved and as you can imagine, we receive a very large number of applications for placements so please note to ensure we match the right person with the right role we do use a selection process, and require students to be able to show a passion and commitment for the health and wellbeing of the cats, as well as an obvious desire to work in an animal welfare environment.    

Whilst all requests for work experience placements are considered, when available we are predominantly only able to consider placements to students requiring a minimum of two weeks, and those committed to studying an animal welfare qualification.

For more information, please contact ferndown@cats.org.uk or call 03000 120 175.