Award winning Cavy Corner is 100% volunteer run – no one is paid. The team of dedicated volunteers spans all ages and includes people from all walks of life. Our longest serving volunteers have been with us for 10 and 11 years they enjoy it so much!
We currently have vacancies for volunteers to help us out at Cavy Corner – please read the information below and then contact Sue for more information if you are interested in getting involved.
“I love it and you learn a lot. You also get to know like-minded people”
Benefits of Volunteering at Cavy Corner
Our young volunteers gain skills that will help them later in life including team working, confidence building, communicating with members of the public, commitment, responsibility and confidence. It’s also a great opportunity to do some work experience that you can put on your CV and Cavy Corner could provide you with a reference when you apply for jobs/college.
“I’ve improved my teamwork skills and really enjoy the satisfaction that comes after everyone has sorted the guineas out!”
“Cavy Corner is my happy place”
“Volunteering gave me practical experience and good references that helped me get a job”
For all our volunteers, the biggest bonus is having contact with so many guineas! Not only do you get to spend time with these amazing animals but you will also learn to how to care for them.
Our volunteers are a really friendly bunch so you’ll also meet new people and make a new circle of friends. In addition to building great team working skills.
What our volunteers do
Volunteers help with everything from guinea care and cage cleaning to washing water bottles, feeding rota, fundraising, making home visits, assisting at events and attending educational visits.
Two of the main areas that require volunteer help are:
Currently takes place on a Thursday morning and Sunday afternoon when it’s all hands to the deck to ensure that the piggies have a nice, fresh home to live in! Afterwards there is often time for a cuddle with some of the many guineas at Cavy Corner. Here’s a video of a Sunday cage cleaning session.
These events require a large number of volunteers to make sure they run efficiently. Our regular events include Fun Shows, the Pignic but there are often additional things that require volunteer help. At Cavy Corner events you might be serving refreshments, helping to set up and take down the event. Be a Guinea Pig Monitor for the day to check everyone’s pets are safe and happy, or facilitating in another way to make sure everything runs smoothly!
Cavy Corner is a happy place for people and piggies. We don’t insist people commit to a set number of hours or days and understand that, in order to be successful, volunteering has to fit around other commitments. But we do ask for a once or twice a month commitment as a minimum.
“I volunteer as often as I can because guineas have a huge place in my heart. I’ve learnt a lot about guinea pigs I didn’t know.”
All you need to volunteer at Cavy Corner is a willingness to muck-in (sometimes literally!), a smile and a love of guinea pigs! Sue and the team will be more than happy to help you learn what you need to know and show you what to do.
We do consider volunteers who wish to work a set amount of time towards their Duke of Edinburgh award, Student Vets doing Extra Mural placements or other work experience placement. Please telephone for an informal chat if you are interested so we can explain the roles in more detail and arrange a visit.