We’re urging our communities and supporters to get involved with volunteering as part of The Big Help Out, which kick starts on the Bank Holiday for the King’s Coronation on 8th May.

The nation-wide initiative is being welcomed by thousands of charities, from the biggest to the most local, it’s an excellent way to celebrate the coronation by giving something back to your local charity.

With three rescue centres, plus community services across Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire, we rely heavily on our loyal volunteers to support with the running of our charity, enabling us to care for as many dogs as possible. Could you lend a hand and help to make a change?

Volunteer opportunities come in all shapes and sizes and include everything from opportunities to volunteer in a charity shop, supporting with fundraising events by marshalling and serving puppuccinos, or even welcoming a rescue dog into your home as a foster carer. There are many benefits of volunteering for Jerry Green Dog Rescue, including a great way to enhance your CV by gaining work experience, making new friends and boosting your confidence, plus learning and developing new skills.

Super-volunteer, Sabra lends a hand at our Ashby shop on a weekly basis and also fosters dogs from the North Lincolnshire centre. Talking about her experience, Sabra said;

Recent retirement meant I had the necessary time and love to support the dogs who needed it the most, and I felt fostering would fit in well with our other retirement plans and lifestyle.

 ‘The team at the centre work with you to find dogs that they think best fit, we’ve hosted Shih-Tzu’s, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and a Whippet! They have stayed with us from five days up to three weeks as short term respite care is much needed.

‘Expect wonderful highs and perhaps a low or two when handing the dogs back, but my advice is to remember that you’re doing it to support the dogs and that’s what’s important.’

We have  four charity shops in Brigg, Ashby, Scunthorpe and Gainsborough. On the launch of the Big Help Out on the Bank Holiday of the 8th of May, all our shops will be open and staff will be on hand to chat about volunteering opportunities available at Jerry Green Dog Rescue. The extra Bank Holiday is also a great opportunity to have a clear out and donate items in-store, or to squeeze in some shopping

Talking about volunteering and the initiative, Kirsty Meecham, Volunteer Manager at Jerry Green Dog Rescue said; ‘The King’s Coronation and The Big Help Out is a fantastic platform to boost the profile of volunteer roles and how they can benefit the person and the charity.

‘Our volunteers such as Sabra, are pivotal to the running of our charity and we really can’t thank them enough for their support.

‘We would love the initiative to give people a gentle nudge to get in touch with us to see how they can help and what roles are available. If you’re out and about on the Bank Holiday, be sure to pop into one of shops to donate, shop or find out more about volunteering.’

If you fancy lending a hand to make a change, as part of The Big Help Out, contact Volunteer Manager, Kirsty Meecham by emailing [email protected]