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Volunteers are the backbone of our Branch

Working alongside our staff, our enthusiastic team of volunteers are a major support. Whatever your motivation for volunteering one thing is certain – it’s a truly rewarding experience!

We have the following volunteer opportunities available with full training provided:

Charity Shop Volunteers

We have five Charity Shops, located in Felixstowe, Tacket Street Ipswich, Reynolds Road Ipswich, Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds.

Our Charity Shops bring in the much-needed income that we need to keep rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals that come into our care and we couldn’t carry out our vital work without our fantastic shop staff and volunteers.

We are looking for volunteers at our new Bury St Edmunds shop (including helping out at the instore coffee shop), two Ipswich Shops and our Stowmarket Shop.  This can be helping on the till, sorting, steaming and helping around our shops on most days of the week.

Contact:  If you are interested in volunteering for one of our charity shops, please see our Shops Page for full contact details for each shop.

Martlesham Animal Centre

If you are interested in work experience placements for 2024; please contact us later in the year / early next year.

Contact:  We can be contacted on info@rspca-suffolkcentral.org.uk or 0300 999 7321.

Please note:  We do not currently have any volunteer vacancies available at our Martlesham Animal Centre.   Future Animal Centre volunteer vacancies will be listed on this page and on our Facebook page.  So we ask that you please keep an eye on both.

Veterinary Welfare Clinic

We are sorry but we currently do not have any volunteering vacancies at our Clinic at this time.  If you would like to express an interest in volunteering at the Clinic in the future, please contact our Clinic Administrator, Rebecca Moll and she will get back in touch as soon as a vacancy arises.

Contact:  clinic@rspca-suffolkcentral.org.uk.


Trustees play a pivotal strategic role in ensuring the Branch is run efficiently and effectively.  Are you an enthusiastic and passionate person who can devote time and experience to actively contribute in the running of our Branch?  If you are interested in becoming a Trustee or would like further information we would love to hear from you.

Contact:  Kate Grimwood on 01449 614057 or kate.grimwood@rspca-suffolkcentral.org.uk

Marketing, Fundraising and Events Management

As a locally run independently registered charity we have to raise all our own funds to run the Branch.

We run a variety of events which help raise funds for our Martlesham Animal Centre and our Welfare Clinics and schemes.  Being a fundraising and events volunteer is a fantastic way to help support the work of the Branch. Whether you can help for a few hours at an event or would like to get involved more regularly, we’d love to hear from you.  If your skills lie in marketing, event management (virtual and face to face), or if you’re more creative and hands-on, you can play a vital role in helping us raise money to help animals in need.  If you can help or would like more info please contact as follows:

Contact:  Jane on 07592 517836 or via volunteering@rspca-suffolkcentral.org.uk 

Equally, if you are a local business that is interested in donating, sponsoring an event, offering your staff a volunteering day etc. find out more on our Corporate Partnerships page, or get in touch:

Contact:  Lorna  on 07842 935938 or via lorna.goodwin@rspca-suffolkcentral.org.uk 

Supermarkets Collections

We hold a number of Supermarket Collections in our Branch area. We collect on pre-arranged dates throughout the year, usually in 2 hours slots although you can collect for longer if you are able to. No experience is necessary as training will be provided.  Fundraising collections are a vital part of our income and help us continue our animal welfare work.  Confirmed dates can be found here.  Please get in touch if you would like to help or find out more.

Contact:  Ian Hendry on 01449 767747 (after 6pm) or ian.hendry@rspca-suffolkcentral.org.uk for all supermarket collections

If you would like to apply for one of our volunteer vacancies, please Download a Volunteer Application Form below:

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