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Volunteering with LUOSKO

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We have lots of exciting opportunities for you whether you have lots of time or just a little, and we are encouraging all of you that may not have had the confidence before, to try it out and have a go. We will support you to make sure it’s a great experience.

Simply put we cannot help and rescue any dogs without your help!

 

Why volunteer with us?

​We have such a wide range of people, ages, and circumstances and as well as different reasons for getting involved. We make sure we know what these are and then work together for the benefit of the dogs, for you and for us, so it’s all good!

​You may want to volunteer because:

 

• You love dogs and have a passion for giving them the life they deserve.
• You want practical work experience for a qualification or a job.
• You want to meet new people and make new friends (two and four-legged!)
• You want to gain confidence and identify your strengths
• You wish to improve your health and wellbeing
• You would like to make good use of the knowledge and skills that you have.
• You want to be a force for good for those more vulnerable than yourself.
• You want to have fun doing something different and useful.

 

Opportunities for Everyone

​We understand that people have different responsibilities, commitments, and personal challenges. We are dedicated to ensuring that if you want to get involved you can, in a way that works for you, in a role that you enjoy.

You can join us as 

​• Permanent volunteer – for just a few hours a week, or a few days a week.
• Corporate volunteer – team up with your workmates to show that your business cares about its community.
• ‘One day a Year’ Volunteer – helping out with events and fundraising for just one single day each year and not be asked for more.
• Placement volunteer – a few days or months on a learning experience plan
• Back Up Volunteer – there to lend a hand ‘as and when’ you can.
• Distance volunteer – help with tasks you can do at your own pace from home.

Areas of Volunteering 

​You will be surprised at the breadth of roles available at LUOSKO German Shepherd Dog Rescue. Some roles may need previous experience, some not. However all roles need enthusiasm and a commitment to animal welfare.

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Broad categories include:

​• Kennel Assistants
• Dog Walkers
• Dog Groomers
• Fundraising and Events
• Fundraising Store Volunteer

• Social Media & Advertising

How to volunteer

• If you have any questions before applying just call us and we’ll be happy to answer those.
• Complete the volunteer application form 
• We will contact you about your interest and if we have a role that is suitable, we’ll invite you to come and meet us, or discuss next steps by phone.
• We will then take some details and provide you with information and training you may need.
• You will be provided with a member of staff to support you during your volunteer experience.

Please note: 

We welcome everyone to help out around our centre and with fundraising events, however if you are under 16 you will need to be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult, who has also completed a volunteer application and a full induction, they MUST attend every time with you.

 

We have a dress code for Health & Safety reasons; which includes boots/wellies, appropriate clothing and waterproofs. Any other PPE will be provided by us.  We also have a strict NO mobile phones rule on site unless previously agreed. ​Lockers are available on site to put personal belongings in.

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Fundraising Store
76 High Street, Cheadle, ST102NN

As a charity we had pondered with the idea of opening up a charity shop for some time, however we were unsure of where to have the shop located and it would also mean we would need more volunteers to help, possibly even dedicated to the shop.

During 2020 we noticed that Age UK had vacated their premises in Cheadle High Street, one that they had occupied for nearly 30 years! with the Covid-19 pandemic causing havoc with nearly all UK shops and retailers, we opted to cease the opportunity to take the shop under our wing after striking a deal with the landlord.

The fundraising store in Cheadle was the first ever shop to be opened, dedicated to raising funds for LUOSKO German Shepherd Dog Rescue (registered charity number 1188407).

The shop was taken on in November 2020, unfortunately the Covid-19 pandemic meant that we could not officially open the door to the general public until April 2021 and so after kitting out the shop we decided to launch several on-line sales which went well.

With the news that the UK was finally crawling out of lockdown in April 2021, we finally got to open up the doors to the shop and the general public.

After running for 8 months the shop proved to be an essential fundraiser, in fact we probably would not of survived the tail end of lockdown without the fundraising store!,  however we quickly found that space was an issue and started the hunt for a bigger shop.

In December 2021 the property across the road became available and we snapped it up and transferred business to the new shop, now in full swing it has proved to be a great move, now we have dedicated areas for clothes, Books, CDs, DVDs and more.

The original location has been kept for use of admin roles, storage and our new raw food and natural treat outlet - LUNA's LOUNGE, which opened its doors in April 2022, and as of January 2023 went on-line.

DONATIONS

If you have unwanted items you wish to donate please contact the shop directly on 01538 269788, smaller items including clothes, toys and bric a brac can be dropped off at the shop whilst larger items can be dropped off at the rescue centre, or photographs can be sent in to us to advertise on this page until sold.

VOLUNTEERS

If you have a few hours to spare and you would like to volunteer in our store, please send an email to volunteer@gsdrescue.uk

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