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Talks to schools

Free talks to schools and youth groups

Blue Cross offers a national programme of free talks teaching the importance of responsible pet ownership to children aged 3-12. Our talks are not a fundraising initiative but are part of our programme of information, education and investment for the future of animal welfare.

Our speakers

Our speakers are DBS-checked Blue Cross volunteers who have undertaken a training programme and are practised in speaking to children of all ages. Speakers encourage interaction by using age-appropriate resources to help bring the message of Blue Cross to life. Some volunteers may be accompanied by their temperament-tested dog if required and available.


Assemblies and class talks are designed to engage the audience. Our volunteer speakers offer talks suitable for nurseries, primary schools and youth groups. We can tailor talks towards specific topics or group work such as activity badges for youth groups.

Talk subjects include:

  • The needs of pets
  • Staying safe around pets – particularly dogs
  • The day to day work of Blue Cross
  • RespectaBULL
  • The history of The Blue Cross during World Wars I and II

Our talks are particularly appropriate to the PHSE Citizenship and science elements of the National Curriculum.

Download our Children's and risk assessment documentation to ensure safety around animals during our education talks.