Meet our volunteers
Our team of trained education volunteers have delivered talks to over 200,000 school children for Blue Cross.
We know its important for you to get the right people into your schools. That's why we've put together profiles on some of the educational volunteers that work for Blue Cross.
I have been a Blue Cross education volunteer since the beginning of the charity's education programme in 2005. I helped set up the programme and have worked closely with the education team on several innovative projects. During my time as an education volunteer I have had two canine assistants, both Great Danes - Ben (now sadly deceased) and George. When I started volunteering I was director of education in Leicestershire but have been retired now for seven years.
Why I love Blue Cross: Working for Blue Cross took me back to my roots in the classroom. Although secondary trained I love working with infants, many of whom are smaller than my dogs. Watching their faces full of wide-eyed pleasure and excitement as they stroke and cuddle George makes my day!
I have been volunteering for Blue Cross since early 2009 having retired from full time work for over 40 years. I now regularly visit primary and secondary schools, colleges, Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Cubs groups talking to classes and assemblies. Additionally I volunteer for PAT Dogs, chair a local group who annually hosts Children from Chernobyl, run a conservation group digging ponds and volunteer with British Dalmatian Welfare.
Why I love Blue Cross: Meeting many different adults and children. Leo brings lots of happiness to both and, most importantly of all, spreads the message about how to look after pets, be responsible and understand animals' needs and make them think about what it would be like if they were in the animals place. The Being Safe Around Dogs message is a very pertinent one at the moment.