Volunteering at Malcolm’s is not just fulfilling but our helpers know that the time and effort they donate makes a real difference. We really need people who are able to commit to the same time slot each week as this helps us plan ahead but we welcome everyone. We are even contacted by holidaymakers offering to help at the sanctuary during their time on the island and many say it was the high spot of their stay. Even if it is just time spent grooming and stroking the cats this helps to socialize them in preparation for homing.
Here’s what some of our volunteers – past and present – have to say…
A SAFA Community Services Volunteer working with serving forces personnel
“I had been volunteering at Malcolm’s for 10 years but last year I decided to take a break but I found I really missed the cats – especially Eric. So when I was asked if I would come back I said ‘Yes’ straight away and I haven’t regretted my decision for one minute”
A professional footballer from Chicago, USA
“I am goalkeeper for Apollon Ladies in Limassol and will be playing in Cyprus until next May. I was looking for something I could do during my time here which was a little more fulfilling than just keeping a ball out of the net and I find that the two mornings each week when I volunteer at the sanctuary gives me huge pleasure and satisfaction”.
Glenda and husband Peter are retired and spend their time between the UK and Cyprus
“We have been volunteering at Malcolms for a few years now and we feel that it is an important part of our Cyprus life. As soon as we book our flights I get in touch with Anne Davey and she lets me know what shifts she wants us to do. We love the time we spend at the sanctuary”.
Christine is recently widowed but finds that working at the Malcolm’s Charity Shop has helped her get back her sense of purpose.
“Stephen and I used to volunteer at the sanctuary and only stopped when my husband became ill. The Malcolm’s “family” were very supportive during a very difficult time and, although I didn’t feel I could go back to volunteering at the sanctuary, I love spending time at the Charity Shop and I know I am helping to raise much-needed funds for the cats”.
A forces wife off Episkopi Camp
“Being on camp can become a little limiting as your life tends to revolve around the same people and the same activities. I find that spending time at Malcolm’s doing such much needed work gives me great satisfaction and there is the added bonus of meeting so many interesting people from all over the world who visit the sanctuary whilst on holiday here in Cyprus”.
An RAF wife who volunteered for about a year is now back in the UK as her husband was posted back to England
“I really miss my time at Malcolm’s. I am an accountant by profession but I was given the opportunity to work on the Health Team caring for sick and orphaned cats and kittens. As a result, I have now decided that I want to retrain as a Veterinary Nurse and I feel my time at the sanctuary has given me the opportunity to recognize my true calling.”
So as you see, even if you are only on the Island for a short period, if you can give a few hours a week, you can become a member of the Malcolms team and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that the time you spend working with us will make a real difference.
Obviously the cats need feeding, cleaning and (if necessary) medicating 7 days a week, 365 days a year so having a dedicated team is absolutely vital. We are always looking to add to our numbers. Our shifts are 0800 – 1100 and 1400 – 1600 every day.
If you, or anyone you know, can spare just two or three hours a week to help we’d love to hear from you.
You can call the sanctuary on 25952622. Opening times are 9 to 11 in the mornings or 2 till 4 in the afternoons when helpers are on duty. But we may be too busy with the cats to be able to answer the phone! The best way to contact us is to use our Contact Form to send us an email.