does your team have helping hands?

Escape the office, roll your sleeves up, put on some wellies and come and help give animals a better life!

At Raystede we offer corporate teams the opportunity to take some time away from the office and come and help us around the centre in a variety of jobs.

We can offer full or half day opportunities ranging from weeding to full on construction tasks. 

How many people can you have in a team?

From between 3 and 20  depending on which job you will be doing

What jobs can we do?

Our jobs vary greatly from building tree bases and raised bed construction to weeding and tree care. It all depends on the size of your team and their abilities. When we receive your enquiry we will send you a job list suitable for your team size and abilities.

Do you have an example of a typical day?

8:45 - registration

9:00 - Welcome and introduction to Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare

9:15 - Collect tools and equipment and receive task induction

9:30 - Roll up sleeves and get stuck in!

11:00 - Refreshments break

11:15 - Back to it!

13:00 - Lunch time or end of half day

13:45 - Crack back on with it!

15:45 - Awards and a meet & greet thank you from one of our furry or feathered residents

16:15 - Farewells 

Do you provide lunch and refreshments?

Our cafe offer a delicious menu for Helping Hands teams which will be freshly prepared for you at lunchtime for £5 per head. Just ask for a menu when you make your booking.

Do you offer tours?

Yes, we are happy to arrange a behind the scenes tour of our kennels & cattery during the lunch break. We ask for a donation of £2 per head. Please indicate on your booking form if some of your team want to book this. 

Can we come for more than one day?

Yes, if your team would like to help us for more than one day we would be happy to arrange several tasks for them to get stuck into.

Will we be outside?

Probably yes, most of our tasks are outdoor jobs.

What if the weather is bad?

All of our staff and volunteers work in all weathers helping to give our animals a better life. We ask our Helping Hands teams to come prepared for the weather conditions too.

If you would like to have more information on our Helping Hands scheme or you would like a booking pack, please email

We look forward to welcoming you!

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