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National Citizen Service (NCS) - your social action project

About Blue Cross and NCS

Here you will find ideas and inspiration to create your social action project. We have put together all of the information and resources you will need to plan and deliver a rewarding project that supports Blue Cross and improves the lives of animals. 

You can use your existing skills and passions and develop new ones - whether you're a thinker or a doer, this is your chance to make a difference.  

This page has been broken down into three categories: Social Media, Campaigning and Fundraising.  Each category plays a vital part in the day to day functions of Blue Cross and we need your help to spread our messages further, raise awareness and support for our work. 

Blue Cross helps almost 40,000 animals each year through our hospitals and rehoming centres.  We provide vital support to owners whose pets are in need of veterinary support and our centres give pets that have been abandoned a clean, warm and safe environment while they wait for their new home.

Please take the time to look through each category and decide which would best suit your skills and expertise, then follow the information and links which will provide you with everything you need to create your social action project.

If you are an NCS provider and would like to request a visit from one of our Education Team to provide a workshop for your group please book a talk.

Social Media - 5PostsForPets

Are you social media savvy and enjoy sharing important issues with family, friends and followers? 

For your NCS social action project, you could commit to a set number of volunteering hours, helping us to raise awareness and spread key messages via social media. There are lots of areas of animal welfare and care that are really important to us.

You will need to read up on each topic and then create a post on social media. You may wish to focus on cats or dogs, depending on your own interests.

You can share information directly from the 5PostsforPets pack, links to Blue Cross pages, post a news story from our website, share photos and videos, or even relevant posts from our Twitter or Facebook accounts.  It all helps us spread our message locally.

Take on a social media action project


Could help us make a difference to pet welfare in the UK with campaigns on issues including online advertising, exotic pets and dangerous dog laws?

We need volunteers to research and report illegal or unethical pet sales adverts, or contact their local MP about current pet welfare issues. You'll find more about our pet welfare priorities in the UK in the Blue Cross Manifesto.

If you would like to contact your local MP about key issues in your community or commit to researching social media pet sales for your NCS social action project, please click on the relevant buttons below for more information.

Online pet advertising


Contacting your MP about animal welfare

Fundraise for us

Fundraising is a really enjoyable and rewarding way of supporting Blue Cross. 

We care for more than 40,000 pets every year but there are many, many more out there that desperately need us. Blue Cross receives no government funding - all the money is raised by amazing people like you. However much you raise it really will make a difference to the animals in our care and help increase awareness of our work.

  • £2 a day could keep a cat warm and safe at one of our centres
  • £20 could fund an unwanted horse’s basic hoof care
  • £136 could provide clinical care for a homeless dog during their stay with us

What do you need to do? For your NCS social action project, come together as a team to plan, organise and execute a fundraising activity to remember!  

Dig out those walking shoes, recipe books or whatever you might need to help us raise the vital funds to continue our work caring for pets that need us.

Take on a fundraising action project

— Page last updated 16/11/2017