Vetlife Area Representative volunteers urgently needed – London, Northern Ireland, SE regions

Vetlife provides support to members of the UK veterinary community through its Helpline, Health Support and Financial Support services.

In 2023 alone, Vetlife provided over £100k in aid to individuals in need. To effectively support and stay connected with beneficiaries of Financial Support, Vetlife relies on a network of regional volunteers known as Area Representatives, or Area Reps.

Given the recent spike in demand for Vetlife Financial Support, the charity urgently requires additional volunteers in London, Northern Ireland, and the South East regions. This recruitment drive aims to ensure that individuals facing financial hardships within the veterinary community receive the necessary assistance.

Who are Area Reps?

Area Reps are compassionate volunteers who engage with both new applicants and existing beneficiaries to understand their circumstances and ensure they are receiving the appropriate level of support. As Area Reps frequently interact with vulnerable individuals, maintaining confidentiality, tact, and discretion is paramount.

Area Reps have in-depth knowledge of the veterinary profession and may come from any veterinary background. The volunteers include vets, vet nurses, and those from other veterinary organisations.

Vetlife invests in training for Area Reps to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to provide beneficiaries with the excellent support. Initial training is provided to new Area Reps and annual on-going training for all existing Area Reps.

Essential volunteers needed

As Vetlife expands, it needs more kind volunteers across the UK to offer their time and compassion.

Commenting on the importance of Area Rep volunteers, Honorary Secretary and Chair of Vetlife Financial Support John Chitty said:

With a growing number of applicants for financial assistance, Vetlife has never had more need of Area Reps performing their essential role. Working on the “front line” our Reps work directly with beneficiaries and provide much needed support and assistance to vets and nurses in genuine financial, emotional and health need”.

Area Rep Jim Kellow shared his experience:

“I have been an Area Rep since 2020 and feel privileged to have been able to communicate with, and help, those that have found themselves in financial difficulties. The role doesn’t demand too much of my time and as a result I feel I can genuinely help. The support for me in this role has been excellent.”

Apply today

 You can find out more about the Area Rep role on the Vetlife website at www.vetlife.org.uk/volunteer.

If you wish to apply to become an Area Rep, please email info@vetlife.org.uk.

Please note that Area Reps are subject to enhanced DBS checks.

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