86,116 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.
Last year, our volunteers reached 65,556 children by giving talks in their local area, and our network is growing.
Education volunteering is flexible and fits in with busy lifestyles. If you want to volunteer on your own or buddy up with a friend or partner to help spread the word on responsible pet ownership, then this may be the role for you. We are looking for friendly, outgoing volunteers who are up for a fun challenge. You can become an education volunteer no matter where you live, and we give full training through distance learning.
For those who love the role and want an extra challenge, we have a number of other more specialised roles, such as giving horse talks to Pony Clubs and our ’status dog’ workshops to 11-25 year olds.
Our RespectaBULL ‘status dog’ workshops involve visits to youth groups, pupil referral units and secondary schools to talk to young people about issues surrounding dog welfare, safety and the law.
Volunteers for all these roles need to be clearly spoken, confident and empathetic when speaking to a variety of groups across a range of ages. All volunteers must have easy access to public transport or have their own car. A mileage allowance is paid. Education volunteers are subject to a DBS check, organised by Blue Cross.
Please note the majority of our talks take place at weekdays/evenings during term time.