As a very small charity, the Starlight Trust is entirely reliant on the help of volunteers to carry out our work. Volunteers are people who freely choose to contribute their time, energy and skills to support the trust’s work.
Volunteers help us with activities such as
Maintaining our websites e.g. helping us check contact information for the rescues listed on HelpWildlife and Small Pets Matter
Transporting animals to us, to new homes, other rescues or to a veterinarian
Providing temporary foster homes for animals in our care
Keeping in touch with adopters to ensure the welfare of animals in their new homes
As we are run from our home, we cannot currently accept hands on help with caring for the animals here.
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.
If you have any questions about volunteering with us please Email Us. If you are ready to get involved, please complete the agreement below
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
Those providing temporary care for our animals, for example as a transporter or foster carer, further agree to
care for the animals in accordance with the Trust’s care sheet for that species
notify the trust of any change in contact details within 48 hours
not pass the animals to anyone other than an authorised trust representative without the express permission of a trustee
allow the trust the right, by prior arrangement, to inspect the animals at any time during their stay
ensure the health and safety of the animals at all times by ensuring they are contained securely, have access to appropriate food and water, and are not exposed to extreme temperatures, other pets or anything which might cause them harm
seek prompt veterinary attention for the animals if sick or injured in the knowledge that the trust will reimburse expenses incurred in a timely manner. Decisions to euthanase animals belonging to the trust should usually only be made by a trustee other than in an emergency and on veterinary advice to relieve immediate suffering
relinquish custody of the animal to a trustee immediately upon request
where appropriate, inform your motor insurance company that they are using their car in the act of volunteering in order to ensure adequate cover
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.