How to become a volunteer

If you have spare time on your hands and are able to commit to volunteering on a fairly regular basis, we’d be delighted to hear from you. Our volunteers make a huge difference to the work we are able to undertake and the number of hens re-homed. Please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

Below is a list of current volunteer vacancies; however we are always eager to hear from people who want to volunteer in other areas.

Learning Volunteers

The British Hen Welfare Trust is looking for volunteers to support a new learning programme for schools and other educational and care settings. Learning volunteer will lead workshops to help primary school pupils (aged 4 – 11) explore egg production and animal welfare topics and gain the knowledge and skills to make food choices that are healthy for both themselves and for farmed animals.

Most learning volunteers will have their own hens and be willing to take one or two of them to schools to meet the pupils.Download our learning volunteer role description to learn more about the role and email for more information.


We are always on the look out for more volunteers to attend shows or to give talks. If you’re interested please either fill out the form at the bottom of this page or email us at

Re-homing Volunteer Vacancies

Swansea – Volunteers and transport

Calling all South Wales hen lovers. The British Hen Welfare Trust is keen to increase the number of hens we re-home and the number of hen collection points we have.

We have been offered a host site near Swansea but require willing volunteers to help us on occasional weekends (no more than once every 6-8 weeks). We have volunteering opportunities for everyone. If you don’t feel that lifting heavy crates is your thing then help us with collecting donations and meet & greet on the day. Handy with a hosepipe? You will be just the person to wash and disinfect crates and equipment.

I know most people will prefer to get hands on with some of our lovely ex-bat hens – and I don’t blame you! We need hens fed and watered, nails cut, hens placed in boxes for re-homers, hen catchers and even hen cuddlers!

Do you prefer driving? We need volunteers with horse boxes, livestock trailers or air conditioned vans to come to farms and collect the hens.

While the DEFRA avian influenza restrictions are in place we are obviously not re-homing hens but would like to be ready for action when we are given the go-ahead.

Please contact me by email if you would like to be part of the new Swansea team.


Carmarthenshire – team leader needed

Our lovely BHWT Carmarthenshire co-ordinator Lucy is having a break from leading the team and needs to hand on the torch.

Lucy has kindly said that we can continue to re-home from her barn and our transport volunteer Peter will continue to collect the hens for us.

We need someone to oversee the re-homing day. This involves setting up the barn, directing the other volunteers on the day, organising the unloading, feeding and checking of the newly arrived hens and generally being the main contact person on the day.

Re-homing days are always at weekends, roughly every six weeks. Being part of a team is the most amazing feel-good factor and, although you end the day tired and probably covered in hen poo, there is no better way to spend a Saturday or Sunday.

If you are interested, would like more information or would like to be considered as leader please email me  We are also looking for more general team members.


Scotland (Perth and Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire) – volunteers needed

Our Scotland teams are in need of some volunteers! You will be required to help out on re-homing days by visiting farms and helping take girls out of their cages, as well as deal with the public who are coming to collect their hens.

Re-homings are held every three months and always on weekends. Our Scotland teams are very hardworking, so we would expect the same of any new volunteers! They are long but exceptionally rewarding days, plus you’ll make some new friends in the process.

To apply for this role please fill out the form below.

Please also take the time to read our Volunteer Information.

Alternatively, please contact us on 01884 860084 or email


Herefordshire – co-ordinator and host site

Fancy helping us give some gorgeous hens a second chance at life? We urgently need a new co-ordinator and host site for our Herefordshire hen collections and would love you to get involved.

Ideally we need someone with a secure barn or stable with good all year road access, lots of parking and somewhere to store our equipment. As co-ordinator you would be responsible for overseeing weekend hen collection days, which usually take place every six to eight weeks.

Hen Central will give you lots of support, and this really is a wonderfully uplifting role. Volunteering can be tiring, but you get the best feel-good factor in the world!  Go on…make some new friends while doing something amazing.

To apply for this role please fill out the form below.

Please also take the time to read our Volunteer Information.

Alternatively, please contact us on 01884 860084 or email


South Molton, Devon – volunteers needed

Our North Devon team, based at South Molton, needs more helpers so we can re-home even more hens. Ideally we are looking for volunteers willing to come with us to farms, drive our vehicles and to help in a hands-on way.

Re-homings are held every four to six weeks and always at weekends. The re-homing days are long and you can expect a fair amount of hen poo on your clothes! Nothing else has quite the same feel good factor, though, and you have the chance to make new friends and save lives.

Interested? Email for more information or fill out the form below.