Submitted by Steve on 11:57, 8th Jun, 2018 | 0

On Tuesday the GSPCA welcomed the first Voluntourist group of 2018 from the Crystal Symphony.

4 passengers from the ship were greeted by GSPCA staff member Rual Gomez and new staff member Tim Pellett (centre of picture) who has joined the GSPCA as the Community & Training Officer thanks to funding from State Street and Social Security.

The Voluntourists who were on their holidays from around the world arrived at the Shelter just after 8.30am and had a short induction and were then sent to help the staff and care for the many animals at the GSPCA.

Each received a gift of a GSPCA t-shirt and baseball cap to wear for their half day volunteering caring for the many animals at the GSPCA.

All 4 had an extremely enjoyable time and before they left were given a behind the scenes guided tour where they met the many reptiles and found out about the history of the Shelter and Guernsey.

The GSPCA has been running voluntourist days since 2014 with the Crystal Cruises.

The group before left they were presented with a thank you certificate for all of their help.

New staff member Tim started on Monday and is spending his first week learning the many departments at the GSPCA so on Tuesday was helping with Voluntourist group whilst also helping with the small animals and reptiles.  We are all very excited as Tims role will help us develop NVQs and other training courses at the GSPCA with a focus on helping the unemployed through Social Security but also in many other ways and we look forward to updating with more details very soon.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said "We really enjoyed having all of the Voluntourists helping at the GSPCA from the Crystal Symphony on Tuesday."

"They all had a wonderful time and it was a pleasure to meet them all, and from all of the team at the GSPCA thank you to all 4 for their help with cleaning and caring for the animals."

"There are many ways to get involved at the GSPCA and we always love to hear from those wanting to volunteer at the Shelter."

“On Monday 2nd July at 6.30pm we have a volunteer induction which is open to anyone interested in helping out at the GSPCA.”

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Rual Gomez GSPCA staff member said "All of the Voluntourists had a wondeful time and said they really enjoyed themselves."

"They were all so helpful and they were so impressed with the work we do and were very interested in all the reptiles we have."

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