Education - UK wide

Education - Speaker (General pet care and dog safety)

Education Speaker

Do you love pets and enjoy working with children and young people? Do you find it rewarding to share your knowledge about responsible pet ownership, influencing a new generation of pet owners and potentially improving the lives of hundreds of pets?


Although we are currently unable to undertake visits in schools and youth groups due to the COVID19 outbreak, Blue Cross is always looking for confident and self-motivated volunteers to join our team and talk to children in schools and youth groups about responsible pet ownership and dog safety. Training can take several weeks, so this might be an ideal time to train up ready to undertake visits for us when schools re-open.



What you will be doing:

  • Training online to become an Education speaker – speakers are based from home, and visit groups in their local area once children are back at school
  • Ultimately giving talks to children at local nurseries, primary and secondary schools and youth groups such as Cubs and Brownies
  • Approaching local teachers and youth leaders about our education work
  • Ordering resources from the education office

What we are looking for:

People to undertake training online with our support and deliver talks in schools once they have re-opened:


  • You must be at least 17 years old with access to your own car or reliable public transport
  • Computer literate as training is online. You will be given access to your own Blue Cross email address once you have qualified
  • Preferably experience working with young people and caring for pets
  • A good communicator, organised and self-motivated 
  • Confident public speaker and willing to talk in front of sometimes large groups of children and young people
  • Have time to give talks during the day


Benefits to you:

  • You’ll be helping pets to have healthy, happy lives
  • A chance to inspire children and young people to make better choices for pets 
  • Some volunteers bring their own dog on visits, if the dog passes the Blue Cross temperament test (to find out more about the dog test click here )
  • You will be given a resource kit, polo shirt and expenses for travel to and from the talk
  • Training via e-learning on Blue Cross work, basic pet care and tips on speaking to children and young people
  • Ongoing support and training through e-learning, webinars, FB activities, mentoring from your Education Officer and optional volunteer meet ups
  • Gain practical skills and experience for your CV
  • Join a great team of like-minded people


Time commitment: Once schools are open again, we ask our volunteers to commit to a minimum of six talks per year, which equates to one a term. Many of our volunteers deliver more talks.


This opportunity is available nationwide across the UK.