Volunteering with Medical Detection Dogs
with Medical Detection Dogs
Volunteers are essential to the work we do, providing help and support to vital services from socialising our puppies through to driving and working in the office.
If you would like to volunteer in any of the following areas below please fill in the application form by clicking Apply to volunteer
If you would like more information please select from the following or contact our Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01296 655888
Collection Box Co-ordinators If you have very little spare time, but would still like to make a BIG difference to the charity, you could leave collection boxes with local businesses such as vets, petrol stations, chemists, bakeries, newsagents, pubs, hairdressers, garden centres or pet shops. The role of ‘collection box co-ordinator’ includes identifying potential box sites, picking up the boxes when they are full, leaving new boxes in their place and then counting and banking the money for Medical Detection Dogs.
Leaflet Distribution We need people to help distribute Medical Detection Dogs literature and put up posters, locally to you; your place of work, local library, garden centre, school, doctor or dentist surgeries. – as many places as possible. If you are happy to identify suitable locations, arrange permission with the owners and deliver supplies of various leaflets and posters please let us know. If you are interested in becoming a fundraiser please contact our Volunteer Coordinator email email@example.com or telephone 01296 655888
Socialiser information sessions
If you are thinking about becoming a Puppy Socialiser and would like to find out more, come along to our next Puppy Socialiser information session in the Cowan Suite at Great Horwood on:
11th February 2020 at 1pm – 2.30pm
17th March 2020 at 1pm – 2.30pm
21st April 2020 at 1pm – 2.30pm
26th May 2020 at 1pm – 2.30pm
30th June 2020 at 1pm – 2.30pm
5th August 2020 at 1pm – 2.30pm
9th September 2020 at 1pm – 2.30pm
13th October 2020 at 1pm – 2.30pm
17th November 2020 at 1pm – 2.30pm
These afternoons are designed for new socialisers and people considering socialising and fostering a dog for us. We will cover all aspects of the roles and the support available, also giving you the opportunity to ask any questions and meet fellow socialisers. Please let us know if you are able to come, we would love to see you. To book your place contact our Supply and Training Administrator – Kaye Johnson: email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01296 711212.
We need socialisers within travelling distance of the centre. We also need socialisers on the Essex/Suffolk borders to join our regional trainer’s team. We provide food and equipment for the puppy and cover all veterinary costs. Ideally you will have some experience with dogs and you will meet the following criteria:-
- Attend regular local puppy classes?
- Be at home most of the day?
- Follow positive dog training methods?
- Regularly visit lots of different environments and use various forms of transport to socialise a puppy?
- Be willing to support charity events?
- Have a secure, dog-friendly garden?
- Have the time and stamina to manage an active puppy?
- Have the ability to travel to weekly classes at the Centre or local area?
We provide food and equipment for the puppy and cover all veterinary costs whilst the puppy is with you. Support and advice is provided. Contact our Supply and Training Administrator – Kaye Johnson: email email@example.com or telephone 01296 711212.
We sometimes require full-time foster families to look after one of our Bio-Detection Dogs. These dogs live in the home environment as a general pet dog but have special qualities that we wish to use. They will need to be transported to our centre up to 4 times a week for periods of time when they are involved in training for particular projects. This is mainly a long term commitment, but we do need foster homes for shorter periods of time on occasions. In return you will receive the general enjoyment and rewards of looking after a special dog. We provide food and equipment for the puppy and cover all veterinary costs. If you can provide a loving home environment to one of these dogs and are willing to transport the dog to our centre when required then please contact our Supply and Training Administrator – Kaye Johnson: email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01296 711212 or apply here.
Some frequently asked questions:
What type of groups do speakers address? Speakers visit groups such as Lions and Rotary Clubs, Women’s Institutes and Guilds, Brownies and other similar youth groups, schools, etc.
How will I know what to talk about? We have produced materials to support anyone speaking on our behalf. We organise ‘Speakers Training Days’ and offer the chance to visit our training centre at Great Horwood. The training sessions include the sharing of ideas, tips on addressing audiences, and up-to-date information, as well as giving you the opportunity to meet other speakers and members of staff. It is possible that regional training sessions could be oganised, depending on numbers.
How will I keep up to date with relevant information? A newsletter is sent to all voluntary speakers giving up-to-date information and stories to help you keep your talk current and relevant. You will also receive regular puppy updates and charity newsletters.
How many talks would you expect me to give? This is entirely up to you! We just ask you to do as many, or as few, talks as you wish that are convenient to you.
How far would you expect me to travel? Again this is your choice.
How are talks allocated? If a request is received at Head Office it is allocated to the nearest speaker who is available at the time of day required. You are also welcome to organise your own talks.
What do groups do? Groups raise valuable funds for Medical Detection Dogs. Group members decide on ways to fundraise and organise their own events with support from Head Office or, where possible, Regional Fundraisers.
What is expected of a branch? Anything you raise is brilliant and valuable to the charity. The important thing is for each group to decide on an achievable goal and for everyone to enjoy what they are doing. As long as it is legal, have a go!
How many people make a support group? Fundraising can be hard work and it takes motivated and willing volunteers to set up a local fundraising group. Groups can vary in size and initiators can recruit as many or as few group members as they like, but really the more the better! If you are interested in or starting a joining a Regional support group please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Email email@example.com or telephone 01296 655888
Cotswold and Oxon Regional Group Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Milton Keynes Regional Group Contact: email@example.com
North West Regional Group Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org