Jobs & Volunteers


Want to join a team of dedicated animal lovers and help abandoned and unwanted animals across Gloucestershire?

Vacancies at Cheltenham Animal Shelter will be published below when they become available. We will publicise these jobs on Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to follow both accounts.

Current Vacancies

A vacancy has arisen at the Shelter for a Part Time Head of Fundraising. The contracted hours are 7.75 per week with a three month probationary period.

A full description of the role is below and the rate of pay is £19.85 per hour plus other staff benefits including a work place pension.

The role on offer will suit  an enthusiastic, hardworking and conscientious individual whose personal qualities match those below. Experience and a proven track record in fundraising is essential and a prerequisite for the job. An immediate start would be preferred, with a closing date of 3rd March 2019 and interviews set for w/c 9th March 2019.

Please apply in writing with a copy of your CV and covering letter to Peter Newcombe, General Manager, Cheltenham Animal Shelter or e-mail your details to

Please note that due to the expected high number of applicants we regret that we will be unable respond to those not invited in for an interview, but would like to thank all those who have applied.


Title:                      Head of Fundraising

Responsible to:     General Manager

Post Objective:    To suggest and implement fundraising and PR activities on behalf

of the Shelter

Main Duties:

  • Work effectively as a member of the team with the General Manager and fundraising colleagues to ensure that the Shelter is run in accordance with the instructions of the Board of Trustees.
  • Achieve annual Fundraising target.
  • Identify and make applications to grant-making organisations
  • Produce an annual communications plan featuring key events, seasonal messages, timed appeals, etc for use across the Shelters lines of communication.
  • In liaison with the Events Co-Ordinator, IT & Marketing Officer and other appropriate team members devise, present to the Board of Trustees, implement and monitor a successful Fundraising strategy for CAS.
  • Enhance the fundraising activities of the Shelter, including funding for education work and co-ordinate and implement all fundraising activities.
  • Lead effective communications with corporate supporters, donors, and the Shelter’s Patrons. In liaison with the Administrator record and maintain effective records and statistics on funds received.
  • Develop a plan for Legacy giving and research success of will writing, approaching suitable partners as appropriate.
  • Attend local community/business lead events to promote the Shelter and seek to gain corporate sponsors and donators through networking, public speaking and enhancing the Shelter’s profile.
  • Oversee use of internal bespoke online CRM system to enhance contact with all supporters with a view to increasing income from this source.
  • Contribute to the regular reports to the Board of Trustees on fundraising activities and attend and present reports at meetings of the Fundraising Sub-Committee when required.
  • Work with the Education team and Volunteer Co-ordinator where appropriate, in relation to fundraising activities, profiling the Shelter and oversee the recruitment of event and fundraising volunteers.
  • Carry out any other reasonable duties as requested by the General Manager to ensure the smooth running of the Shelter.

Person Specification: Head of Fundraising

Personal Attributes

A professional, self-motivated individual with the ability to inspire and motivate others.

Enthusiastic, positive and confident using own initiative with high expectations and a high energy level.

A keen networker who possesses strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Able to communicate clearly and assertively and influence people.

Highly organised and a good team player.

Confident, passionate and creative.

Able to develop good relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.

Skills, Knowledge & Experience


Previous success leading and managing teams to achieve growth targets across multiple income streams in the fundraising charity sector.

Several years of fundraising experience, with a strong track record in at least one discipline.

A sound understanding of the key principles of:
– working with major donors & trusts
– corporate fundraising/partnerships
– individual giving / direct marketing
– community fundraising
– legacy marketing
– digital and traditional media channels.

Able to develop and drive a strategic approach to audience engagement, developing existing and attracting new supporters.

Experience of managing and developing brand in support of fundraising and comms objectives.

Financially literate.

Confident using Microsoft office and social media.

Desirable Experience

Using a CRM system for fundraising outcomes.

Experience of a public relations function and working with the media, including writing press releases and giving interviews.

Education, Training & Qualifications


Diploma or equivalent level fundraising or marketing qualification or higher – or demonstrable equivalent experience.


Management training.

A current valid driving licence.


Able to contribute to the overall work of Cheltenham Animal Shelter as part of the senior leadership team.

Commitment to working outside of usual hours, on occasion.

Empathy with and support for the values of Cheltenham Animal Shelter.

Any future roles will be advertised here and on our Facebook page. Thank you for your interest.

Last updated: 3/1/2019

 Volunteering At Cheltenham Animal Shelter

The Charity is looking to recruit reliable volunteers to assist with the following duties:

Fundraising & Event Volunteers

We are looking to recruit a team of keen, reliable and enthusiastic volunteers to become part of our Community Fundraising Group. We organise a number of events and also attend store collections and community engagements throughout the year. The dates will primarily be weekends.

Tasks may include:

  • Attending fetes and fairs on our behalf
  • Manning stands and tombolas
  • Taking part in supermarket and street collections
  • Distributing leaflets and posters
  • Helping us find new supporters
  • Supporting our fundraising events
  • Bucket collections

If you have any questions please do get in touch; either pop in and chat to us, call 01242 548772 or email Full training will be provided to successful applicants (please note references/ DBS checks may be required for some roles). You do need to be able to drive for this role or have a reliable driver to take you to events.
Closing date for applications: March 1st 2019

For full volunteer description:

Pet Fosterer

Providing a home to an animal on a temporary basis is an incredible way to help those that really need it. We often require people to look after animals that are struggling in a Shelter environment for a number of reasons. However, being a foster home for animals is not for everyone and so we have very clear guidelines on what we require.

To learn more about fostering CLICK HERE and if it is something you feel you could do then please get in touch.

Charity Shop Volunteer

The Charity Shop is a key source of income for the Shelter, and is staffed almost entirely by volunteers. We sometimes require new volunteers and welcome applications at those times.

We are currently looking for volunteers to help out at the Charity Shop during the following times:

Monday: 2 volunteers 9am-1pm and 1 volunteer 1pm-4:30pm

Tuesday: 1 volunteer 1pm-4:30pm

Thursday: 1 volunteer 9am-1pm

Friday: 1 volunteer 9am-1pm

Some flexibility may be available, where it fits the needs of the shop.

We require confident, outgoing individuals to assist the public and represent the Shelter, and given the nature of the work a reasonable level of mobility would be required. You would normally be working in groups of 2-3 per shift.

Tasks may include:

  • Manning the till and taking payments from customers
  • Sorting donations according to shop requirements and protocols
  • Refreshing stock on the shop floor
  • Light cleaning duties

If you have any questions please do get in touch; either pop in and chat to us, call 01242 548772 or email Full training will be provided to successful applicants (please note references/ DBS checks may be required for some roles).
Closing date for applications: 1st March 2019

For full volunteer description:

The Charity is currently full to capacity for all other animal related volunteer duties.
All volunteers need to be at least 18 years of age.

Volunteer Vacancies Last Updated: 01/08/2017

Volunteer Week – Volunteer Profiles

To celebrate Volunteer Week we asked some of our wonderful volunteers for their thoughts on what it means to help out at the Shelter. From the dog walkers to shop workers, you can read their answers here…