Labrador on lead in classroom

Volunteer with our Education Team

Chris Packham with a dog

"Every school should look at having a Blue Cross talk to help build empathy towards animals"

Chris Packham, Blue Cross Education Ambassador


Blue Cross offers a national programme of free face to face and online talks to teach children and young people about responsible pet ownership and dog safety.

Each year we speak to around 100,000 young people, inspiring current and pet owners of the future to make better choices for their animals. We couldn’t do this without our wonderful network of volunteer speakers, who give their time to share their knowledge and passion for pets.

Blue Cross is always looking for self-motivated volunteers to join our team. Training can be completed in several weeks via our e-learning platform, so if you have the spare time, now might be an ideal opportunity to learn how to deliver talks for when schools reopen. We also have opportunities for speakers to present virtual talks from home.

If you love pets and the idea of talking to groups of children or young people about how to care for them, then this is the role for you. We are looking for friendly, organised and confident speakers across the country who are up for a fun challenge. To help bring our talks to life, some of our speakers choose to take their own dogs with them. All pets going into the classroom need to be assessed by Blue Cross first and have to be content with human interaction in a busy environment. Read more about why Martha enjoys being an Education Speaker.

112,000 Children and young people reached with our talks last year

The majority of our visits take place on weekdays and evenings during term time. We ask for a minimum commitment of six talks per year, equivalent to one a term; although, many of our volunteers give more.

Online access is essential for training and webinars, and you will be given a Blue Cross email address to check regularly. If delivering talks in schools, you will need to have your own car, or good access to public transport. Travel can be claimed back through expenses. All speakers are subject to a DBS check, organised by Blue Cross.

You will have the support of a regional Education Officer and be given a resource kit and access to a wealth of resources and presentations to help you plan and deliver your talks. We also have optional volunteer meet ups once a year, enabling you to chat with others in the same role.

View our education volunteering roles

— Page last updated 07/09/2020