Animal charity issues urgent appeal for more shop volunteers

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as you are all aware BARK is a rescue home for domestic animals in need. Our regular BARK column publicises the animals in our care and ultimately the aim is they find the new and loving homes they deserve.

But this is the final step in a much longer process. So much work goes on behind the scenes to ensure we are in the position to help these animals.

We regularly get requests for volunteers to help at the kennels and we also have many young work experience students helping at the weekends, it is perceived as the glamorous side that everyone wants to be involved in but it is not where the real work that needs to be done happens.

Without funds, BARK just would not be. Our shop is responsible for raising around half the funds we need to run our facility as it currently stands. Everyone involved in the shop does what they do on a purely voluntary basis and ensure the shop is open Monday to Saturday 10am until 4pm.

We receive many good quality donations of items to sell and these all need a degree of sorting, cleaning, pressing, pricing and ultimately selling.

Our current volunteers are increasingly working more and more shifts to ensure BARK gets the maximum out of the donations we receive and this pays huge dividends for BARK and the needy animals.

Our shop team is fairly large but we are in need of more volunteers to help out across all aspects of our shop. The shifts generally are 10am until 1pm or 1pm until 4pm but there is some room for volunteers perhaps through the middle of the day or an occasional evening.

We, and indeed the animals, rely on these volunteers and someone who will regularly work one shift a week will be an asset to BARK.

Another area we utilise volunteers is our fundraising events. Helping plan the event or helping on the day of the event, we can not do without our volunteers.

We are also in need of a voluntary minutes secretary. This involves attending one meeting a month, taking, typing up and distributing the minutes and maybe the occasional piece of correspondence. The meeting usually takes place in the evening in the Berwick area.

Last year our volunteers work over 18,000 hours. We would be delighted to hear from you if you would like to volunteer in our shop or fundraising team or perhaps you could help out as our minutes secretary. Without this volunteer support we would be unable achieve our ultimate goal of rehoming animals. Please contact either our shop or the kennels for further information and become part of the essential team of BARK volunteers.

Dogs looking for homes this week are: Kim, three year-old, medium sized brindle cross; Judy, 10 year-old, black and tan medium sized collie cross; Tess, two year-old, staffie type; Jack, four year-old, typical terrier, black.

Contact details: Kennels: Windmill Way East, Ramparts Business Park, TD15 1TU Tel: 01289 306299 – www.b-a-r-k.co.uk Shop: 12 Church Street, Berwick, TD15 1DX Tel: 01289 309225.