Looking for the Pawfect Volunteer Opportunity?

If you're searching for a meaningful way to make a difference in the lives of those who suffer from "invisible injuries," volunteering for Veterans With Dogs is the answer. We offer various ways for you to get involved, from dedicating just a couple of hours a week to our cause.

Volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and are of all ages, starting from eighteen and beyond. You don't need any specific experience to become a Volunteer—all you need is a passion for supporting our veterans and our organisation.

The demand for our services is continuously growing, and we anticipate this trend to continue. By volunteering your time, you play a crucial role in ensuring we can provide the support needed by those who rely on us. Whether you assist in fundraising efforts or directly deliver services to those in need, your time, commitment, and enthusiasm are incredibly valuable to us.

As a small charity, our Volunteers are essential in raising our profile and increasing awareness throughout the UK. We are constantly seeking teams to undertake fundraising activities and join us in stewarding and cheering on our dedicated fundraisers at events.

Join us as a Volunteer, and together, we can create a lasting impact on the lives of our veterans. Your contribution will not only benefit those in need but also enrich your own life through the satisfaction of helping others. Get involved today and be a part of our mission to make a positive difference in the lives of our brave heroes.

FAQ's for volunteering

Who can volunteer?

Anyone can volunteer and we'd really appreciate your help. We have a range of opportunities available so do please get in touch. But you do need to be at least 18.

How much time do I have to give as a volunteer?

As much as you want and are able to give. The amount of time needed is different for each role. It could be a one-off or a longer term commitment.

What skills do I need to volunteer?

In general, the skills we most need are enthusiasm, commitment and friendliness. Some roles may require certain skills and this will be clearly stated in a specific role description.

Do you offer training to volunteers?

Most volunteer roles do not require any specific training although all volunteers are given a full briefing before they start the role. Some positions require that training is given in advance before volunteer work commences but we can discuss this at the time.

What will I get out of volunteering?

That depends on the reason you have chosen to volunteer. Many volunteers great huge satisfaction out of making a difference to the lives of our Veterans living with mental health difficulties. Your volunteering may also help you use existing skills or learn new ones, as well as meet new people and gain confidence. And you may also gain work experience for your CV.

Will I be paid to cover my expenses?

Yes. You would be reimbursed for reasonable expenses that arise from volunteering, such as travel and lunch. The types of expenses you can claim for will be confirmed once you start our volunteering position.

Will I be interviewed?

Most roles will involve an informal chat so you can find out more about VWD and what the opportunity involves. We will ask you to provide basic personal information so that we can help match you to the most appropriate position as well as keep in touch on an agreed basis.

What support will I get?

We will make sure you have all the information you need to perform your role, a main contact so you know who to go to with any questions or concerns, information about health and safety and your expenses reimbursed where agreed. Being part of the team means that there is always support from other volunteers too.

What about disclosure and barring checks?

As part of our safeguarding policies we ask you to disclose if you have any convictions that are unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, when you sign up to a volunteering opportunity.

As part of our equal opportunities policy, we wish to ensure that we don’t discriminate against ex-offenders. However some posts within VWD are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 as they involve working directly with vulnerable adults and will require a DBS check.

By using the DBS to assess volunteers, as well as all other roles at, or which work with VWD, we fully comply with the DBS Code of Practice. We are committed to treating all applicants equally and undertake not to discriminate unfairly against the subject of a positive disclosure.

Talk to us

If you would like to volunteer with us or find out more about volunteering opportunities in your area, please fill in the form below and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.