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Volunteering for Our Special Friends

We simply can't do our work without the help of our wonderful volunteers. Every hour given to us can make a difference, enhancing the lives of those they are helping. Our volunteers often tell us that volunteering for Our Special Friends enriches their lives too - check out our volunteer stories.

Would you like to join us? If so, please read our volunteer policy and find out more about the volunteer activities we offer. If you're interested, download and return an application form and we'll contact you to discuss next steps.

Our Volunteer Manager and Volunteer Coordinator work closely with all of our Volunteers to ensure that their roles are suitable and that they receive all necessary training and support.

Examples of possible volunteer activities


  • Filing, data entry, general paperwork (could be office based or remote)

Advance care planning

  • Facilitate and document decisions for clients' future

Ancillary services provision

  • e.g. behaviourist, physiotherapist, groomer

Animal-assisted activity (AAA)

  • Visiting in the home or in the care setting with volunteer's own pet
  • Accompanied dog walking with volunteer's dog


  • Home, clients, animals


  • With animal being taken in to the client, e.g. AAA
  • Without animal being taken if there is an existing pet

Bereavement support

  • Signposting
  • Counsellor
  • Emotional support/befriending


  • e.g. taking to and from vet appointments, transport for rehoming

Events organisation/Fundraising

Financial assistance

  • Accounts, bookkeeping, invoices

Practical help

  • e.g. fencing, mowing, site cleaning, poop scooping etc.


  • Dogs, volunteers, intermediaries


  • Signposting AAA
  • Signposting practical and emotional support