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Raystede Centre For Animal Welfare

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  • Sectors Charity / Non-Profit
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  • Flexible work environment We fully embrace and support flexible working arrangements and whether it's adjusting start and end times, compressing work hours, or allowing for hybrid working, we aim to create and environment where individuals cana chieve their best while maintaining a healthy work-life integration. It is important to note that while we promote flexible working, there may be situations or roles that require a physical presence or specific working hours due to operational needs. However, we will always strive to find the right balance between organisational requirements and individual flexibility.
  • Support for global candidates/visas At this time we do not have the capability to support applications from global candidates.
  • Remote/work from home Where hybrid/remote working is possible, our commitment to flexible working extends to embracing technology and remote collaboration tools, enabling teams to work together effectively regardless of their physical location,
  • Benefits Fair, structured salary scheme, contributory pension scheme, paid sick leave, Death in Service benefit, Enhanced annual leave, Health and well being initiatives, Pet Friendly policies
  • Company overview

    At Raystede we care for and rehome a wide range of animals including dogs, cats and small animals. We also care for exotic birds in our aviaries, fowl, and tortoises as well as larger animals. We couldn’t do what we do without you! Generous donations allows us to rescue and care for animals in need.

    Many of the larger animals live at Raystede permanently, we have elderly goats, alpaca and equines that require specialist care and medication and we will support these animals for the rest of their life. If we feel any of our younger, more able equines or goats would thrive in an environment outside of Raystede we will allow these particular animals to either go out on loan or be rehomed.

    Our team are invested in helping the pet owners of the future understand about good animal welfare. By offering practical advice on how to care for animals we are helping to make the future for animals better.

    From learning about pets and their care using our online resources, to a range of learning opportunities for schools and community groups, family learning days, tours and talks, there is something for everyone to get involved with.

  • Company values
    • COMMITTED – we are committed to giving animals a better life
    • CARING & COMPASSION – we take good care of animals and help other people to take care of animals too
    • PROFESSIONAL – we aspire to the highest standards pf professionalism in every aspect of our work
    • PASSIONATE – we are passionate about our work and believe all animals should be free to enjoy the best possible quality of life
    • INSPIRING – we aim to inspire ourselves and others with the work we do to give anmials a better life
  • What makes your organization a great place to work?

    We offer a beautiful work environment set in 43 acres site with lakes, trees, fields and walks in in a countryside location. Ample free staff parking on site. There is an onsite cafe with generous staff discounts, as well as a staff room with cooking and showering facilities.

    Additional staff benefits:

    • Fair, structured salary scheme
    • Contributory pensions scheme
    • Death in Service benefit
    • Paid sick leave
    • Annual leave starting at 24 days plus Bank Holidays
    • Opportunity to buy and sell annual leave
    • CPD opportunities
    • Recognised qualifications, apprenticeships and short courses opportunities
    • Attending conferences and seminars
    • Offsite and in-house training opportunities
    • Hybrid and flexible working, where possible
    • Employee Assistance Programme
    • Free flu vaccinations
    • Free eye teste for DSE users
    • Free annual Health MOTs
    • Discounted gym membership
    • Cycle to Work Scheme
    • Staff kennels and pr friendly policies
    • Discount on per insurance
    • Compassionate leave for death pf a pet
    • Reduced rates at Peaceways Crematorium
  • Describe an ideal employee at your organization
    • Empathy and interest in animals and their welfare
    • Personable, sociable and people oriented.
    • Proactive and self-motivated with the ability to think creatively.
    • A positive outlook and a “can do” attitude.
    • Dedication, commitment, and tenacity.
    • Change orientated approach to work.
    • Ability to make decisions when dealing with often constant and conflicting demands on time.
    • Highly committed and able to work flexibly to achieve performance targets.
    • Able to assist the wider team when required taking a flexible approach to occasionally unplanned organisational demands.
    • Commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and understanding of how it applies to own role.


  • Family-friendly initiatives at this workplace
    • Dog Friendly Policy
    • Maternity Policy
    • Paternity Policy
    • Shared Parental Leave Policy
    • Time off for Antenatal
    • Time off for Dependents
  • Flexible work initiatives at the workplace
    • Flexible Working
    • Hybrid working
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives you have

    The Charity is committed to developing, maintaining and supporting a culture of equality and diversity in employment in which staff are treated equitably, and where they can realise their potential whatever their age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, parental status, religion, belief or non-belief, social or economic class, employment status, or any other criteria that cannot be shown to be properly justifiable.

    Equality of opportunity and inclusivity is fundamental to the vision and values of the Charity. The principles of equality and diversity are at the heart of Charity life and are supported by appropriate policies, procedures and good practice.

  • Structured career progression initiatives at the workplace

    The Strategic plan sets out the charities vision ‘to create a future where people and animals enhance each other’s lives through care, compassion and respect’.

    It is recognised that the success of the Charity depends on all staff whatever their role having the relevant skills, knowledge and competencies.

    The Charity recognises that its staff are fundamental to its success. A strategic, professional approach to staff development helps the Charity to attract and retain high-calibre staff with the skills and competencies necessary to deliver its objectives.

    Staff development refers to all the policies, practices, and procedures used to develop the knowledge, skills, and competencies of staff to improve the effectiveness and efficiency both of the individual and the Charity.

    We are committed to providing staff with development opportunities to ensure that individuals and departments are able to contribute fully to the achievement of department and Charity objectives in the context of the strategic plan.

    The Charity acknowledges that as an educational provider it has a unique responsibility to support and encourage the development of its staff, and recognises that staff development can play a critical role in building the capability of its workforce.

    Staff development embraces all forms of development activity including personal study, e-learning, internal or external courses, workshops, work shadowing and planned experiences. We will aim to support individuals through a variety of means within the prevailing budgetary provision and identified business need.

Company Description

Raystede is a charity that aims to give animals a better life through rehoming, rehabilitation and sanctuary, and give people the support and knowledge they need to treat animals with care and respect. Raystede is Sussex’s biggest animal welfare charity, with nearly 70 years’ experience of caring for and rehoming animals. Uniquely, we care for a huge range of animals – from dogs, cats and donkeys to rabbits, parrots and alpacas. Our experience, expertise and partnerships enable us to deliver an exceptional quality of care for the animals we help. Many of the animals have been neglected, abused or exploited. Raystede helps most of the animals find new homes but also provides life-long sanctuary for elderly horses and other animals that cannot be rehomed. Raystede provides love and safety to those animals that would have nowhere else to go.

We have an on-site veterinary surgery which cares primarily for companion and small animal species, although there is also occasional work with chelonia and exotic birds with specialist support available as required.

Our vision: A world where animals are understood and cared for with respect, compassion and kindness.

Our mission: We give animals new beginnings and better lives through rehoming, rehabilitation and sanctuary, and give people the support and knowledge they need to treat animals with care and respect.

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