Do you have time to spare and would like to make a difference in your community and to animals in need, you could be pawsome!

Due to insurance restrictions, we cannot offer work experience or volunteering to anyone under 18 unless through a DofE scheme or approved scheme. DofE places are limited and must be sent from your co-ordinator or school.

Charity shop work

The charity shops team are dedicated to raising funds for the local branch and to help local animals. 

We think it is best to do what you enjoy, so you can either do one particular task or move around and do a few more. 

The work usually entails working on the till, steaming the clothes, pricing and labelling items, sorting items, and changing window displays.

Training will be given. We also offer an NVQ in retail.

All our charity shops have volunteer application packs. Please call into your local and speak to the Shop Manager about volunteering.

Become a Trustee


We are looking for skilled and passionate trustees who can make an impact and help us meet the challenge of ensuring the branch is efficiently and effectively run and is able to provide innovative solutions to changing animal welfare needs and ever increasing financial pressures.

Becoming a branch trustee is a great way to meet like-minded people, gain new skills or develop existing ones, while making a real difference to the lives of animals. Ideally, we are looking for trustees with expertise in the areas of fundraising, the charity retail sector, working with volunteers, business, commerce, marketing and PR. 

Trustees need to be committed to the RSPCA, have common sense and be willing to get involved.

If interested in becoming a trustee, please email the Branch Secretary via

We currently have live vacancies for trustees, please click HERE for more information on the role and how to apply.


Animal Centre

Many volunteers enjoy working alongside the staff completing the day to day tasks such as cleaning, feeding, grooming and exercising of the animals. You will need to be aged 18 years or above and have a real love of animals. You will need to be motivated and reasonably physically fit as the work is strenuous.

Many of our volunteers help just for the pleasure of being around animals whilst others volunteer to gain experience of working within an animal environment.

Home visiting

The role of the home visitor is to visit the homes of potential animal adoptors to ensure their suitability for an RSPCA animal.

If you have experience as a pet owner and have your own transport you may be able to help. We re-home cats and dogs but also do home visits for lots of other animals for RSPCA branches. You will be asked to attend a two hour training course at the animal centre and then initially to shadow an experienced home checker on visits to potential adopters.



Help out at open days and other events at the animal centre
Help collect money in supermarkets eg during ‘RSPCA week’
Help organise a fundraising event eg a quiz or a social evening
Undertake a sponsored event on our behalf

Our volunteers make a huge contribution to the work we do to prevent cruelty, promote kindness to and alleviate suffering of animals and we thank all of our current and past volunteers for all of their help and dedication.


Please click here for our volunteer form. Simply complete and return it to us at the address below:

Your volunteer application will be processed by the relevant department.

RSPCA Bury, Oldham & District, The Strinesdale Centre, Holgate Street, Oldham OL4 2JW