Volunteering with Us
As a very small charity, the Starlight Trust is entirely reliant on the help of volunteers to carry out our work. The trust does not employ any staff so everything we do relies on volunteers. Volunteers are people who freely choose to contribute their time, energy and skills to support the trust’s work.
Our volunteers are unpaid but the trust will reimburse reasonable out of pocket expenses such as petrol, telephone costs and the costs of caring for animals being fostered or transported. For accounting purposes, receipts must accompany any expenses claims submitted.
As we are run from our home, we don’t currently have any opportunities for helping to care for the animals here, but there are lots of other ways you can get involved.
You can read more about our volunteer roles here (page currently under review, please check back soon).
In order to meet our objectives, the following agreement sets out what we expect from our volunteers and what you can, in turn expect from us
The Trust will
- consider all volunteer applications fairly without regard for gender, sexuality, race, nationality, religion, social background or disability
- be clear about what is required of you and provide adequate information and assistance to enable you to meet your responsibilities
- respect your skills, contribution, individual wishes and needs and be receptive to any feedback you have on your role
- reimburse any expenses incurred in a timely manner
- consult with you and keep you informed of possible changes
- retain responsibility for all animals in the temporary care of volunteers and accept them back at any time for any reason
You, the volunteer, agree to
- carry out your role to the best of your abilities
- always treat Trust volunteers and supporters and those using our services with respect, consideration and appreciation
- act in a professional manner, embracing and personifying the values of the trust when representing us publically
- keep in touch with the trust, notifying us of any change of contact details
- inform the trust, giving as much notice as possible, if you are unable to complete a task or no longer wish to be involved with a project
Volunteers accessing data held regarding those using our services, supporters and other volunteers further agree to
- regard all information you have access to or are given as a result of your volunteering as confidential unless advised otherwise
- in no way divulge, copy, release, sell, loan, review, alter or destroy any such information except as properly authorised within the scope of your volunteer position
- as required by law, comply with the provisions of the Data Protection Act of 1998.
- not retain any copies of confidential information accessed as part of your volunteer role should you cease at any time for be a volunteer of the trust.