International Aid for the Protection & Welfare of Animals (IAPWA) was founded in 2009 and aims to provide protection and improve the welfare of animals in need. We exist for the benefit of the animals who need our help and are driven by those who are passionate about providing this lifeline. Our achievements have and continue to be possible through the combined dedication of everyone within the IAPWA Team who enable us to make an impact through the collective action we take.


IAPWA are developing community-based fundraising groups across the UK consisting of people who are passionate about improving animal welfare. Each group will be led by a Community Coordinator, who is in charge of recruiting volunteers, keeping in touch with IAPWA and leading the group’s activities. After being set up, the fundraising groups would be hosting their own fundraisers, attending events to raise awareness of IAPWA and generally acting as ambassadors for the charity in their region. When applying, indicate which of the following regions you are applying for: North East, North West, South West, South East, West Midlands, East Midlands, London, East Anglia, Humberside, Lancashire, Cornwall and Devon, Thames Valley, or Severn (if you are unsure where your location falls, the IAPWA team can help).


As IAPWA’s Community Coordinator (Volunteer), your focus will be to recruit new volunteers to develop into a fundraising group for your area. You’ll be given training and support by IAPWA’s Fundraising Manager to ensure you have the skills to develop and manage a group. Once you’ve got a group established, you can lead your group of volunteers to decide on fundraising events, awareness opportunities and any other activities which will raise money and awareness for IAPWA.

The size of each group, and the activities they engage in will differ from group to group. The role will involve working closely with IAPWA’s Fundraising Manager, and the wider team, as needed. Some Community Coordinators (depending on their flexibility and availability) could support IAPWA in further areas of work such as engaging with schools and local businesses.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A desire to work with people and build community relations
  • A can-do, proactive approach
  • The ability to use your initiative and work independently
  • A passion for animal welfare and IAPWA’s mission
  • Great communication and time management skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • The ability to attend monthly online meetings with IAPWA’s Fundraising Manager
  • Experience of volunteering or fundraising for a charity (not essential)

Tagged as: community, event management, local organising


IAPWA (International Aid for the Protection & Welfare of Animals) is a UK-registered animal welfare charity dedicated to creating a better future for animals in need.

Our first project, established in 2009, is based in Borneo, where we provide a lifeline to thousands of dogs and cats every year in need of veterinary care and support. Our companion animal programmes have since developed in other countries, including Romania and Penang Island.

Our passion for all animals has also seen us develop many partnerships and launch campaigns to help other species. Wherever there is suffering, we aim to make a difference and with your support we can continue to protect and improve the welfare of animals worldwide.

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