Branch Trustee - Community Outreach Specialism

Branch Trustee - Community Outreach Specialism

At a glance


  • Governance
  • Change management
  • General / operations management
  • Project / programme management
  • Market research
  • Research (qualitative / quantitative)
  • User research
  • Social care / Counselling
  • Training


Mainly at home
Travel limit? 50 miles


Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month
As a minimum, trustees would normally be expected to attend a monthly committee meeting lasting some 2 to 3 hours. However, this role will exceed this


01 Mar 2021

As a trustee of a branch you will have the chance to influence how we care for and prevent cruelty to animals.

What will you be doing?

Specialist Role:

  • To take the lead on matters relating to community outreach - to establish connections with the local community, to help the Branch determine what the local animal welfare need is and where there are opportunities for improvements in animal welfare.
  • To assist the Branch in setting strategies to tackle the identified animal welfare needs of the Branch area. 
  • To work closely with other organisations (other welfare charities, other welfare providers, vets etc) to develop mutually beneficial partnership opportunities. 
  • To identify opportunities for the Branch to engage with those living within the Branch area in order to develop its supporter base.

Core Trustee Role:

  • To be familiar with and support the aims and policies of the RSPCA.
  • To work in conjunction with your fellow trustees and branch officers and jointly act in making decisions for the best interest of the branch and the RSPCA.
  • Ensure the branch meets all the minimum animal welfare standards (MAWS).  Where they are not met, work with national RSPCA staff to meet the standard as soon as practicable.
  • In conjunction with your fellow trustees and Branch Partnership Manager write, adopt, monitor & review a branch development plan setting out the short and long term aims of your branch.
  • To actively participate in branch committee meetings and to attend the branch annual general meeting and regional conference.
  • To attend the trustee training course.
  • To actively promote and advertise the society in an ongoing programme to recruit new branch trustees and volunteers
  • Where applicable and in conjunction with your fellow trustees, ensure the proper management and control of all activities and decisions relating to any premises held or staff employed by the branch. 
  • To act at all times as a good ambassador for the branch and the society.

What are we looking for?

We are the RSPCA and it's our vision to live in a world where all animals are respected and treated with compassion. Our volunteers are incredible, they play an essential role in helping us carry out our important animal welfare work every day. 

Do you have professional expertise you could use to help a good cause? Are you passionate about animal welfare? Trustees manage the affairs of a local RSPCA Branch to promote and provide animal welfare within the branch area. We are looking for new trustees to join the RSPCA Kent - Isle of Thanet Branch and are particularly looking for a candidate who has a background in governance and compliance, ideally within the charity sector. As a local Branch we would ideally be looking for candidates who are local to the Branch area (primarily Thanet and surrounding areas), although applications from further afield will be considered, for the right candidate.

What difference will you make?

We’re proud to be the oldest welfare charity around. 

● We were the first to introduce a law to protect animals and we work hard to ensure that all animals can live a life free from pain and suffering. 

● Through our campaigns we raise standards of care and awareness of issues for the animals who have no voice. We push for laws to be changed, improving the welfare of animals on farms, in research labs, in the wild, in paddocks or in our homes. 

● Through investigations and prosecutions we stand up to those who deliberately harm animals to send out a clear message - we will not tolerate animal abuse. 

● Our highly trained officers tackle neglect and cruelty at every level and are working hard to stamp out large-scale serious, organised and commercial animal cruelty. 

● We believe every animal has the right to be counted as an individual. Animals can rely on us to rescue them when they need us most. To rehabilitate them wherever possible, provide them with the very best veterinary care and to find them new homes, either through rehoming or release.

What's in it for the volunteer?

It’s a great way to meet like-minded people who share your enthusiasm for animal welfare. You will have the opportunity to gain new skills and develop existing ones, whilst making a real difference to the lives of animals. 

New RSPCA trustees are provided with a trustee welcome pack and asked to attend a training course which provides information and guidance about a trustee’s role and responsibilities. Ongoing support is also provided by regional and national RSPCA staff in addition to any additional training provided by the relevant branch. Volunteer at the heart of the local community.

A few more details

For more information on becoming a Charity Trustee, and to ensure it’s the right decision for you, we recommend visiting: 

Before you apply

  • Animals / wildlife
  • We are a branch of the RSPCA raising money locally to support our animal welfare work.
    Our branch is run by a committee of locally elected volunteers who are responsible for the management...