Stray Over London - Event Volunteer

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  • Department:Fundraising
  • Posts available:30
  • Salary:£0
  • Full/Part time:Volunteer
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  • Closing date:Friday, April 13, 2018

Why do Battersea need a volunteer?

We are organising the first ever Stray Over event. Stray Over is a brand-new fundraising event for corporate teams to support the work of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. You can find out more information about the event here.

The event is open to all business sectors and will challenge teams to give up their warm beds and home comforts to spend a night sleeping under the stars at our iconic London centre.

The event will take place on Friday 27th April 2018, when teams will experience a unique evening behind the scenes at our London centre. We will need volunteers to help out between 4pm-10.30pm.

The evening will consist of fun team challenges, a twilight tour of the Home and the chance to experience a window into the journey of a stray animal.

We are hoping for 50 teams to sign up totalling 250 people on site. Each team is asked to raise £2,500 to take part.

We need volunteers to assist with the running of the event.  We will be assigning each team a dog and a cat who they will be ‘representing’ for the night (their stray identity) and we need volunteers to help keep the story alive of each team member ‘being’ a stray animal. 

Please note, this role will involve being on your feet for the duration. There will be an opportunity to take a break and we can provide seating if necessary. 

What would I be doing?

We will have a variety of roles and tasks and you could be doing any of the following:

  • Registration – taking guests through their ‘intake’ process, signing them in like a normal registration desk but with a few aspects which reflect the kind of process our animals go through.
  • Assisting with the “assessment” activities which will consist of a social, mental and physical challenges. For example: a quiz, enrichment toy making, human agility course. You will be assigned a specific station on which to help nearer the time of the event.
  • Advise and directing people around the site – being on hand for any questions that the guests might have
  • Positioned in the intake building or Tealby kennels to chat to guests about the centre facilities, the work of Battersea and our rehoming process.
  • On the bag drop area, taking in and handing back all bags, rucksacks and other belongings.

What skills would be useful?

  • Confident in speaking to strangers and interacting with a senior corporate audience
  • Friendly and sociable
  • Good level of knowledge about the Home
  • Enthusiastic about BDCH and our animals 

What skills will I gain?

  • Experience working at a busy event
  • You will gain an understanding of life behind the scenes at Battersea which is a unique opportunity.
  • You will increase in confidence due to the high level of interaction with the guests, learning to make quick decisions if needed or appropriate.
  • You will also develop your team building skills by being part of the Special Events Volunteering team
  • Your travel expenses will be fully reimbursed for the evening. Please note, no car parking will be available on site, however we will be able to reimburse any car parking charges as a result.

Where would I be volunteering?  

  • Carpark, Sopwith Way Entrance, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, 4 Battersea Park Road, London SW8 4AA

What else do I need to know?

  • The role does not involve direct involvement with animals, so please bear this in mind when applying
  • Unfortunately we can't accept applications from outside the London and South East region
  • Once you have submitted your application, we will contact you via email after the closing date (13th April) with more details about your role
  • If you have any questions regarding the role, you can contact Christina Franklin on
  • If you would like to apply, please complete the online application form by midnight on Friday 13th April. Battersea reserves the right to close the role early if sufficient applications are recieved.