Committed helpers needed for wildlife

Volunteer Kathy with a hedgehog SUS-160203-122840001

Volunteer Kathy with a hedgehog SUS-160203-122840001

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With the spring and summer season fast approaching, East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) is running two recruitment days to interest and encourage people to volunteer.

The charity based on the A22 at Whitesmith is recruiting a variety of roles due to the expansion and improvements made at the centre.

Volunteers are required for the feed and clean shifts, which is a once a week three to four hour shift from either 9am or 5pm committing to the same shift each week.

Receptionists are also required. There’s a once a week role from either 9am or 10am till 1.30pm or 1pm till 5 or 6pm. The charity also needs rescuers from 6am till 11am, 10am till 6pm or 6pm to 10pm.

The orphan rearing team is also looking for new volunteers. Every Easter through until September the team helps the thousands of baby mammals and birds which need care.

It currently has vacancies for Monday to Saturday mornings 7am to 10am and Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday between 6pm and 10pm.

WRAS founder Trevor Weeks said, “We can get up to 110 calls for help and advice every day during the busy season. It can get very busy.

“We can take in up to 250 casualties at a time depending on species and size of species.

“Although we have three full time members of staff and one part time member of staff they all work on minimum wage and put in more on a voluntary basis than they get paid for because of how much they love the job.

“It’s a really rewarding role, and you get to see wild animals which most people would rarely get to see. Every week when I come in I’m always wondering what’s going to be in this time.”

Hour-long recruitment sessions are being run at 10am, 12noon, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm on Saturday March 19 and Tuesday March 22 at WRAS’s Casualty Care Centre at Whitesmith. Further details of the recruitment sessions can be found by calling 01825 873003 or visiting www.wildlifeambulance.org.

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