Hopefully you've found your way onto this page because you are interested in joining our wonderful team of volunteers here at Pawsitive Squad. We are always looking for caring and enthusiastic individuals to join our team. We have a variety of volunteering roles which are outlined below, however, if you have a skill you'd be willing to share with us that falls outside these roles then please do still get in touch and we will see what we can do. On top of our usual volunteering positions we are currently also looking for a company photographer (you wouldnt need to be a proffessional photographer). Please browse the volunteering opportunities below and if you wish to apply please complete this form.
Our therapy dog volunteer teams are at the very heart of all we do here at Pawsitive Squad. Our therapy dogs work within our canine assisted activities classes. which are held at 5.30pm on Thursdays in Dunkirk and Lenton Community Centre and Saturdays at 11.30am at Southwell Scout Hut. Classes are lead by Heather and are jam packed with fun exercises and games ranging from grooming to parachute games. Therapy dog teams are buddied up with young people with disabilities for the duration of the class and everyone (dog, volunteer and child) complete the exercises together. All exercises are focused on building the young person's skills but there is also a huge benefit to the therapy dogs who learn new skills, getting exercise and become better socialised. Therapy dog handler's also have a great time making new friends, having fun, training their dogs and engaging with lie minded member's of their community.
Due to the nature of this volunteer role we have strict criteria that both dogs and handlers must meet which is outlined below:
> Therapy Dog handlers require a Standard DBS check which will be arranged following initial assesment
> Handler must be over 18 years old
> Dog must be over 9 months old.
> Therapy dog applicants must be fully vaccinated
> Therapy dog applicants must be flea and wormed on a regular basis with a product and schedule recommended by their veterinarian.
> Therapy dog applicants must have a veterinary health check every 6 months
> Therapy dog applicants must be insured for veterinary fees (public liability when working in agreed therapy sessions is covered by Pawsitive Squad.
> Therapy dog applicants must NOT be raw fed.
Therapy dog assessments occur monthly. The exact dates & times can be found on our website and facebook page. You don't need to book onto assessment sessions, just turn up! Our next therapy dog assessments are:
17th August, 12:30pm till 2:30pm at Southwell Scout Hut
27th August, 1pm till 3pm at Old Basford Community Centre
At Pawsitive Squad we hold a variety of events throughout the year including training days, dog shows, community events. For any event to be a sucesss we need enthusiastic volunteers to assist with the general running of the events to ensure they go as smoothly as possible. This role is a really flexible role. Most events are held during the school holdays and weekends but the amount and type of events each individual volunteer attends is entirely up to the individual volunteer. For many of our events, volunteers are able to bring their children and/or dog with them.
Events volunteers get to do a variety of fun tasks including:
> Setting up events
> Publicising events
> Running arts and crafts workshops
> First aid
> Helping with catering/ refreshments
> Supervising free or sensory play
>Running games & outdoor activities
> Manning the shop or registration desk
> Assisting families with activities
> Running activity stalls at shows/fairs
> Engaging with the community at events
>Helping to collect feedback
If you're looking for a flexible and really fun volunteer role then this is the role for you!
Events team vounteer positions are subject to DBS check and interview. To apply please submit the form above.
Paws in Tents are camping holidays for young people with additional needs, their families and dog(s). Paws in Tents camps are packed with dog training workshops, arts and crafts workshops, sensory play, camp fire and much more.
To make our camps a success we need some really enthuiastic individuals to volunteer at camp. We need people who are wiling to pitch in with general camp tasks including setting up and cleaning as well as specific camp tasks which the volunteer can choose themselves in advanced. These tasks include:
> Catering (cooking)
> first aid (must be qualified)
> Running arts and crafts workshops
> Managing the dog agility
> Supervising free play
> Leading outdoor activities
> Assisting with camp fire and workshops
> Managing the registration point
> Decorating camp
All volunteers will require a DBS check and 2 references (one from a proffessional contact or respected member of society).
Volunteers camp for free but either must provide their own food (which can be cooked in either of the 3 camp kitchens) or purchase a catering package from us. We have a static and touring caravan for down time and 1 remaining room free to hire in the static caravan. Tents can be loaned to volunteers for free.
To apply to volunteer at our next camp held in October 2019 in Dereham, Norfolk please complete the application form by clicking here. We accept volunteer applications from any one over 18, living in the UK.