A Blue Cross volunteer strokes a small brown dog.

Why volunteer with Blue Cross?

There are many reasons why volunteering can help us make a difference at Blue Cross. But it can also have a huge impact on you too.

Whatever role you choose, volunteering can help you gain confidence, new skills and a network of support.

“As a Blue Cross Education Speaker, I get immense satisfaction from delivering the message of safety around dogs. If it saves one child from being bitten by a dog, it is worthwhile.”

Martha, Blue Cross Education Speaker

Wellbeing and emotional benefits

Whatever stage you're at in life, taking time to volunteer can have a positive impact on your mental wellbeing – especially when you're caring for pets.

By spending time volunteering in a supportive environment, increasing your confidence and making a difference for pets, you'll feel filled with a sense of pride and purpose. You'll also have access to a range of health and wellbeing resources, including mental health first aiders and internal support groups.

For some roles, such as kennel assistants, you'll also be physically active while you support the smooth running of our Blue Cross sites.

A white and brown beagle puppy interacts with a Blue Cross team member.

Support networks

Our Blue Cross volunteers gain access to a huge support network. You'll find a community of like-minded people from all walks of life, and enjoy working as a team.

You'll also have access to Workplace – our online volunteering network. This social media platform is solely for Blue Cross team members and allows you to share experiences, tips and photos, or get involved in special interest groups. You're encouraged to participate as much or as little as you like.

Training and skills

Volunteering is an opportunity to build your skills and confidence. In many of our volunteering roles you'll be provided with training and ongoing support from our team. From customer service to communication skills, you'll have plenty of room to grow.

You'll also have ongoing access to our training and development platform, where you can find useful courses on everything from budgeting to animal care.

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