Volunteering At Folly Wildlife Rescue

We very much welcome volunteers at Folly Wildlife Rescue, and there are numerous opportunities, including animal care, collecting casualties, reception, fundraising, maintenance (painting, repairs and decorating), and helping on the Trustís nature reserve.

With the exception of students, all applicants should be aged 16 and over. All volunteer placements are subject to availability. If you have any queries or wish to contact us about your application, please email volunteering@follywildliferescue.org.uk

Duke of Edinburgh Students: due to high demand and limited supervisory staff, we regret that we are unable to accept any Duke of Edinburgh students until further notice


Wildlife Care Volunteer - Student Volunteer - EU Work Placement/Internship - Wildlife Collection Volunteer - Hospital Reception Volunteer - Folly Fundraisers - Folly ‘Land Army’


Wildlife Care Volunteer

Ideal for people who are passionate about animals and have 4 hours of free time, at least once a week.

The work includes cleaning and setting up pens and enclosures, observations, food preparation, hand-feeding baby birds, and record keeping, but because itís very busy, everyone has to be prepared to muck in - sweeping floors and paths, cleaning windows, emptying waste bins and general tidying, so although it isnít always very glamorous, it is really interesting work!

Shifts are 4 hours duration (but you can work longer if you wish!), and during our busy season (which runs from May until the end of September), shifts run from 8.00 Ė 12.00, 12.00 Ė 4.00, and 4.00 until 8.00. During the winter months (when itís a bit quieter), there are just two shifts, 9.00 Ė 1.00 and 1 Ė 5.

Full training and support is given, so you donít not need any previous experience, but an interest in wildlife and the natural world is essential!

Availability: All year round

Please click on the button for our
"Wildlife Care Volunteer" form

Wildlife Care Volunteer Form

 

Hospital Care Volunteer

Student Volunteer

PLEASE NOTE: ALL APPLICANTS MUST BE 18 OR OVER

Folly Wildlife Rescue welcomes students seeking work experience placements in conjunction with animal care courses they are undertaking.

Placements comprise a working week of 5 days, over a 7 day period (to include one day at weekends), with 2 days off per week (to reflect the normal 7 day a week operation of the hospital).The work includes cleaning and setting up pens and enclosures, observations, food preparation, hand-feeding baby birds, and record keeping. Students are also expected to participate in the normal cleaning regimes undertaken by other staff.

Full support and training is given, so you donít need any previous experience, but commitment, and an interest in wildlife and the natural world is essential.

Availability: April Ė September

Please click on the button for our
"Wildlife Student Volunteer" form

Wildlife Care Student Volunteer Form

 

Student Care Volunteer

Work Placements/Internships from the EU

PLEASE NOTE: ALL APPLICANTS MUST BE 18 OR OVER

Folly Wildlife Rescue welcomes students from the EU seeking work placements/internships that are in relation animal husbandry courses.

Placements/Internships comprise a working week of 5 days, over a 7-day period (to include one day at weekends), to reflect the normal 7 day a week operation of the hospital). The work includes cleaning and setting up pens and enclosures, observations, food preparation, hand-feeding baby birds, and record keeping. Students are also expected participate in the normal cleaning regimes undertaken by other staff.

Full support and training is given, so you don't need any previous experience, but commitment, and a keen interest in wildlife and the natural world is essential. Folly Wildlife Rescue are unable to offer accommodation, and for students without their own transport, it's rural location necessitates a 1.5 kilometer walk from the nearest bus stop. Students are therefore required to organise and fund their own accommodation and transport. Buses are frequent, and the nearby towns of Tunbridge Wells and Crowborough offer the best opportunities for accommodation.

On receipt of your application, we will (subject to availability and approval), contact you with an offer of a provisional place. Spaces are limited, so if at any point, you are unable to proceed, please let us know soon as possible, so that we can offer the place to another applicant.

Availability: April Ė September
Minimum Period of Placement: 4 weeks

Please click on the button for our
"Work Placements/Internships from the EU" form

Wildlife Care Student Volunteer Form

 

Student Care Volunteer

Wildlife Collection Volunteer

Wildlife casualties are normally brought to us by members of the public, but this isnít always possible, and where we can, we will collect from veterinary surgeons, the elderly, or people without any transport, and this is where our Wildlife Collection Volunteers come in.

Using their own vehicles, WCVs collect pre-boxed casualties (usually from the area where they live, and bring them to the Broadwater Forest Wildlife Hospital. We maintain a comprehensive list of drivers, covering the whole region (but always need more!), and when a pick-up is required, our receptionists will phone around until they find someone who is free. Itís all absolutely at the volunteerís convenience and there is no obligation whatsoever.

It’s a great way of helping to save lives!

Please click on the button for our
"Wildlife Collection Volunteer" form

Wildlife Collection Volunteer Form

 

Wildlife Collection Volunteer

Hospital Reception Volunteer

The role of receptionist can be a very demanding one so you do need to be cool in a crisis, but it is a very important role too, helping our supervisors by co-ordinating rescues, answering general phone enquiries, inputting data on to the computer, keeping the reception area tidy and processing donations.

Shifts are generally 4-5 hours long and can vary seasonally. Full training is given (over a period of 3-4 months), and help and guidance is always at hand, so no one is thrown in at the deep end! If you enjoy a challenge, and like working with people (and animals!), it could well be the option for you?

Please click on the button for our
"Hospital Reception Volunteer" form

Hospital Reception Volunteer Form

 

Hospital Reception Volunteer

Folly Fundraisers

Our small fundraising team fill one of the most important roles at the Trust. Being a charity, it does NOT receive any local or government assistance, or lottery funding, and relies almost entirely on its own fundraising endeavours. These include collections and Wildlife Awareness Days held here at Folly, supermarkets and garden centres. We are constantly looking for fresh ideas and ways to raise the funds that Folly need in order to continue its work.

We are a small friendly team. Get in touch if you are interested and we can show you around the wildlife hospital and the projects that we are raising funds for. Once you’ve joined, you can opt-in to email communication or join our dedicated fundraising page on Facebook, where you will be informed about upcoming events asking if you can spare a couple of hours. We always work in pairs or small groups and there is no obligation at any time.

Please click on the button for our
"Folly Fundraisers" form

Folly Fundraisers Form

 

Folly Fundraisers

Folly ‘Land Army’

Our small group carry out management work and routine repairs in both the hospital, and on the surrounding nature reserve.

Situated on 6 acres, in the beautiful Broadwater Forest, just outside Tunbridge Wells, we are currently engaged in a 5 year project to restore the area back to its former heathland state, at the same time, creating a nature reserve to help protect the wide range of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates that live there.

Part of this work involves removing and controlling invasive species such as birch, rhododendron, bramble and ragwort, and encouraging the re-generation of native heathers and other plants. Weíre helped in this work by our flock of hebridean sheep, and on a sunny day, itís a great place to be.

During the quieter winter months, the team also carry out small maintenance works, such as ditch clearing, landscaping, and re-painting the outside of the hospital, so never a dull moment!

Please click on the button for our
"Folly Land Army" form

Folly ‘Land Army’ Form

 

Folly Land Army

If you are interested in any of these options, please click on the relevant button and complete and submit the application form you find there.

After a short processing period, we will contact you to arrange an induction. If that is successful, you can then join the team and start doing your bit for wildlife.

We look forward to seeing you.


Previous Successful Rescues

Kingfisher
Weasel
Young Jays

Online Donation

You can make a secure online donation via our Charity Choice page.
Click on the button below and a new page will open with the form and a variety of options with which to pay.
Your kind and generous donation will directly help injured wildlife.

Donate Now Via Charity Choice

Text Donation

You can now text your donation easily by texting FWRT00 followed by your donation amount to "70070".
For example:- FWRT00 £10 would make a donation of £10.
We receive every penny of your donation. Texts are charged at your standard rate.

Just Text Giving

Invicta Insurance Services

Invicta Insurance Services Ltd offer competitive insurance rates and if you take out an insurance policy with them quoting "Project Hedgehog" they will make a generous donation of £20 to Folly Wildlife Rescue.
In return, you will receive an Adoption Pack for ROSIE THE HEDGEHOG containing a colour certificate, hedgehog beanie, fact sheet and a Folly fridge magnet!

Invicta Insurance Ltd Supporting Folly Wildlife rescue

Easy Fund Raising

easyfundraising.org.uk is a great way to raise money for Folly Wildlife Rescue just by shopping online. You donít pay anything extra.
All you need to do is use click on the banner below to use our easyfundraising portal. Every time make a purchase from your favourite online retailers using the link below Folly Wildlife Rescue will receive a small payment, with no extra cost to you.

Easy Fund Raising

Amazon Wish List

With the endless stream of wildlife casualties brought in to Folly Wildlife Rescue we are continually looking for stocks of essential items to aid recovery. With the introduction of our new nursery we will be able to cater for even more little babies, and with that comes more expense and that is where you, our supporters, may be able to help.
Our Amazon Wish List is updated frequently with all the essential items we needr. Your support is absolutely invaluable to us and every item purchased is a vital saving for our charity.

Amazon Wish List

Adopt A hedgehog

An adoption pack makes a great gift for a birthday or Christmas (or you can always treat yourself!) and is a very practical way to help hedgehogs in distress.
As well as illnesses and injuries the species is now seriously threatened by loss of habitat and housing developments, increased road traffic and unsympathetic farming practices

Donate Now Via Charity Choice

Corporate Sponsors

Corporate Sponsors