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Volunteer with our education team

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

Chris Packham, Blue Cross Education Ambassador

95,000 children and young people reached with our talks last year

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

Each year we see around 95,000 children and young people, inspiring the pet owners of the future and current owners to make better choices for their pets. We couldn’t do this without our wonderful network of volunteer speakers, who give their time to share their knowledge and passion for pets.

If you love pets and talking to groups of children and young people about how to care for them, then this is the role for you. We are looking for friendly, organised, confident speakers who are up for a fun challenge. You can become an Education volunteer no matter where you live, and we give full training via our e-learning platform. To help bring our talks to life, some of our speakers take in their own dogs as their classroom buddies. All dogs have to be temperament assessed as suitable by Blue Cross first and need to be content with human interaction in often a busy environment.  Read more about why Martha enjoys being an Education Speaker.

The majority of our talks take place on weekdays andevenings during term time and 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 an exclusive Blue Cross email address which you will need to check regularly.You will need to have your own car, or have 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 deliver your talks. We also have optional volunteer meet ups once a year.

View our education volunteering roles

— Page last updated 30/11/2018