Work Experience

We can offer work experience placements at our charity shops at 188 Mill Road, Cambridge and 61 Burleigh Street, Cambridge. Activities there are varied and can include:

  • Use of the till.
  • Sorting and cleaning donated items
  • Internet searches to establish the value of donated books
  • Use of the internet to place items for online sales
  • Answering telephone queries.

Income from our shops is vital to our continued ability to help animals and by working there you would be making a real contribution to the welfare of animals and their owners. Charity shops also play a valuable part in reducing the environmental impact of clothing and textiles by increasing the amount of clothing which is recycled or re-used.

If you are interested in a work experience placement or just volunteering, please phone 01223 212 644 or drop in at 188 Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 3LP or 61 Burleigh Street, Cambridge, CB1 1DJ and ask to speak to the manager. You can call in any day at the Cambridge shops, but Saturdays are best at Newmarket. Alternatively, write to the shop manager at the shop where you would like to work.

If you want to work with animals you need to be aware that this is a highly competitive and often very poorly paid field. Even vets, who are probably the highest potential earners, can expect to start their working life with a substantial student debt and to work very long, hard hours. Jobs working with animal charities are scarce because nearly all charities struggle to raise enough funds to employ many helpers. If you are thinking about selecting a college course ask questions about the kinds of jobs it will qualify you to do. You need to be aware that basic "animal care" courses won't necessarily lead to a qualification which will get you into employment and you may be better off with something more specific, such as veterinary nursing, farriery or pet grooming which will be of direct use to a potential employer.