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Volunteers are the backbone of our Branch

Working alongside our staff, our enthusiastic team of volunteers are a major support. Whatever your motivation for volunteering one thing is certain – it’s a truly rewarding experience!

We have the following volunteer opportunities available with full training provided:

Charity Shop Assistants

We have four Charity Shops, located in Felixstowe, Tacket Street Ipswich, Reynolds Road Ipswich and Stowmarket.

Our Charity Shops bring in the much-needed income that we need to keep rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals that come into our care and we couldn’t carry out our vital work without our fantastic shop staff and volunteers.

We are looking for volunteers at our two Ipswich Shops and our Stowmarket Shop.  This will be helping with sorting, steaming and helping around our shops on most days of the week.  If you are interested in joining one of  our shop teams, please see our Shops Page for full contact details for each shop.

Animal Centre

If you are looking for a student work experience placement, please liaise with your school directly.  We will start to take placements for 2022 in the New Year.

We do not currently have any further vacancies available.

Veterinary Welfare Clinic

We are sorry but we currently do not have any volunteering vacancies at our Clinic at this time.    If you would like to express an interest in volunteering at the Clinic in the future, please contact our Clinic Administrator, Rebecca Moll and we will get back in touch as soon as a vacancy arises              .


Trustees play a pivotal strategic role in ensuring the Branch is run efficiently and effectively.  Are you an enthusiastic and passionate person who can devote their time and experience to actively contribute in the running of our Branch?  If you are interested in becoming a Trustee or would like further information please contact Kate Grimwood on 01449 614057 or via kate.grimwood@rspca-ipswich.org.uk.

Marketing, Fundraising and Events Management

As a locally run independently registered charity we have to raise all out own funds to run the Branch.  This was extremely difficult in 2020 with all our outside events being cancelled due to COVID-19 and unfortunately it may be the same for the 2021.

We run a variety of events which help raise funds for the Martlesham Animal Centre and Ipswich Welfare Clinic.  Being a fundraising and events volunteer is a fantastic way to help support the work of the Branch. Whether you can help for a few hours at an event or would like to get involved more regularly, we’d love to hear from you.  If your skills lie in marketing, event management (virtual and face to face), or if you’re more creative and hands-on, you can play a vital role in helping us raise money to help animals in need.

If you can help or would like more info please contact Kate on 01449 614057 or via kate.grimwood@rspca-ipswich.org.uk

Supermarkets Collections

We hold a number of Supermarket Collections in our Branch area. We collect on pre-arranged dates throughout the year, usually in 2 hours slots although you can collect for longer if you are able to. No experience is necessary as training will be provided.  Fundraising collections are a vital part of our income and help us continue our animal welfare work. Please keep checking on the dates as these may change as a result of the pandemic.  Confirmed dates can be found here.

If you can help or would like to find out more please contact:

Ian on 01449 767747 (after 6pm) or ian.hendry@rspca-ipswich.org.uk for all supermarket collections


If you would like to apply for one of the above volunteer vacancies, please Download an application form here.

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