Make it Your New Year’s Resolution to Lend a Helping Hand

As we kick off 2023 and a new chapter begins, many of us will be making New Year’s resolutions in the hope of improving our own lives and the lives of others.

A great way to achieve both of these aims is to support the vital work of charities by lending a helping hand as a volunteer.

Each year, 3,000 people kindly donate their time to PDSA, the UK’s largest veterinary charity, supporting the life-saving work of our 48 Pet Hospitals.

A wealth of opportunities are available in our charity shops for people who are aged 18 or over and can spare a few hours a week.

PDSA Volunteering Business Partner, Jennie Pearson, said: “Our volunteers are an amazing group of people who all contribute something very special to PDSA. By giving us the gift of their time, they are helping us to support owners who would otherwise struggle to cover the cost of unexpected veterinary bills if their pet became ill or was injured. Their efforts quite literally mean that families can stay together.”


“We offer a warm and supportive environment for all of our volunteers. As well as enabling people to give something back to their local community, volunteering also helps individuals to improve their confidence while enabling them to develop skills in retail and customer service which can increase their chances of securing future employment.

Our people

“We are always on the lookout for friendly and enthusiastic people to join our team. You don’t need experience – we provide training for each role – you just need a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. We will also reimburse any expenses incurred so you won’t be out of pocket.

Charity shop volunteers

“Our charity shops are vital to PDSA. They provide much needed funding for our Pet Hospitals, so they can continue to help thousands of the nation’s most vulnerable pets. There are lots of different roles available, whether you would like to help customers with their shopping, sort through donations, create eye-catching window displays or serve at the till. To find out more about volunteering in our shops visit

Essential contribution

“The efforts of our kind-hearted volunteers have never been more important than they are now, with demand on our services expected to grow as the cost of living crisis hits communities and people continue to feel the squeeze. If you would like to make a positive difference to your own life and the lives of others by lending a hand at PDSA, please visit our website to find out about the opportunities available in your area – we would love to hear from you.”

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