Volunteer

Become a Volunteer
We have currently suspended all hen rehomings due to the lockdown in England, as the safety of our volunteers and rehomers is paramount. We are not able to welcome new volunteers on board at the moment but once we commence rehomings we will advertise our volunteering opportunities here on our website.

Are you a hen lover with spare time on your hands? If you answered “yes”, then we’d love to hear from you.

Volunteering with us is incredibly rewarding, and there are many ways you can help. Whether you’re hands on with hens, helping us fundraise, or teaching the younger generation about our feathered friends, you’ll be making an invaluable contribution to the BHWT and helping save even more lives.

There are 2 main areas in which we require volunteers: Rehoming* and Education**. Find out more about the roles and what they involve below.

You can also read A Day in the Life of a Coordinator to learn more about what volunteering with us involves.

* If you are applying to become a rehoming volunteer, we are currently accepting applications, but may not be able to immediately place you within one of our rehoming teams, as many already have waiting lists.

**Currently we are not enrolling education volunteers. Please check back often though as this changes.

We always love to hear from people passionate about helping hens, so please apply as there may be lots of other ways you can help!

If you’re a hen lover and have a bit of spare time on your hands, we’d love to hear from you. Volunteering with the charity is an incredibly rewarding thing to do and there are many ways you can help. Whether you’re hands on with hens, helping us fundraise, or teaching the younger generation about our feathered friends, you’ll be making an invaluable contribution to the charity and helping us save even more lives.

Broadly speaking, the three main areas in which we require volunteers are rehoming and education. You can find out more about each role and what it involves by clicking on the relevant links below. This will also take you to a form to fill in.

You can also read our Day in the Life of a Co-ordinator article to find out a bit more about what volunteering involves.

We are always in need of learning volunteers, so would love to hear from you if you think this is a way you could help.

Please note, if you are applying to become a rehoming volunteer, we cannot guarantee we will be able to immediately place you within one of our rehoming teams, many of which are oversubscribed. However, we always love to hear from people passionate about helping our hens, so please do apply as normal – there may be lots of other ways you can help us!

Rehoming Volunteer

The British Hen Welfare Trust currently has almost 1,000 volunteers across the country, but we always need more! There are many different ways you can help, from hosting a rehoming site for us to dealing with admin on the day. Rehoming days are often long and tiring and take place roughly every four to six weeks, but my goodness are they rewarding. You’ll most likely end up tired, but you’ll know you’ve helped send hundreds if not thousands of hens on their way to a free-range retirement. We want to hear from volunteers from all parts of the country. So, whether you’ve got a spare stable and could host a rehoming day or a van which could help transport hens to their new homes, we’d love to hear from you.

Education Volunteer

The British Hen Welfare Trust has volunteers to support its education programme for schools and other educational and care settings across the UK. Education volunteers 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. To find out more click here.

Our education volunteers have their own hens and be willing to take one or two of them to schools to meet the pupils.

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