Architect turns animal welfare assistant for the day05 Jul 2012
Architect Angus Barnard got a taste of what it’s like to work with homeless pets after volunteering to help out at a Blue Cross rehoming centre.
Angus ditched the office and headed over to our Cambridge centre as part of Give and Gain day, which is the UK’s only national day of employee volunteering.
His day started off with a cuppa and an introduction to everyone but it wasn’t long until it was down to business – and hard graft.
Angus cleaned the cat pens, tidied up the centre, did a spot of gardening and helped to fill a big skip with tree cuttings and garden waste.
But he also got the chance to play with the cats and say hi to the rabbits at the centre.
He says: “Thank you for a day in the fresh air away from my desk! I had a great time spending a day with the team at Blue Cross. It was fascinating to see how each cat is individually assessed, monitored and cared for.”
Give & Gain Day is one of the best ways for businesses to support their community, by encouraging employees to use their skills and time through volunteering.
Run by Business in the Community, companies like MosesCameronWilliams, where Angus works, are encouraging their employees to take part.
Hopefully it won’t be the last we see of Angus. Now his children are growing up he’s thinking about rehoming a pair of guinea pigs.
Volunteering for a charity can be really fun and rewarding – plus it’s a great way to gain new experiences. If you’d like to know more, visit our volunteering pages.