Job description

Volunteer as an Education Speaker

Sick, injured and homeless pets have relied on Blue Cross for help since 1897. Each year, thousands of dogs, cats, small pets and horses turn to the charity’s animal hospitals, clinics and rehoming services for treatment and support.

Our Volunteer Education Speakers provide an informative and influential service by talking to children in schools and youth groups about responsible pet ownership and dog safety which enables us to improve the lives of thousands of pets.

We would love you to join us and help us help more pets in need

You’ll learn new skills and gain valuable experience for your CV, while meeting new people and having fun!

Online training can take several weeks so you will need to commit to training before you can fully get stuck into your role. We also ask volunteers to commit to a minimum of six talks per year which equates to one a term. You will need to have either daytime and / or evening availability.

Talks are delivered both in person and via digital means such as Zoom, Teams and Adobe Connect.

As this role involves liaising with children and young people, you will need to be prepared to undertake a DBS check.

 The role of an Education Speaker

Tasks include:

  • Training online to become an Education Speaker to teach topics relating to pets and / or horse care and welfare
  • Delivering interactive presentations and fun talks to groups of children at local nurseries, primary & secondary schools during the day, and youth groups such as Cubs and Brownies during the evening
  • This is a home-based role. Those who deliver ‘face to face’ will visit schools and groups in their local area. Those who train as Digital speakers will be delivering via digital platforms
  • Approaching local teachers and youth leaders to spread the word about our education work
  • Ordering resources from the education office
  • Promoting the work of Blue Cross


Criteria required for the role of an Education Speaker

You will need:

  • To be at least 17 years old with access to your own car or reliable public transport if delivering talks in person
  • To be computer literate as you will need to complete your training online and deliver our pre-designed presentations
  • Suitable IT equipment if a digital speaker holding talks virtually
  • To preferably have experience working with young people and caring for pets
  • To be a confident and good communicator; organised and self-motivated 


Why volunteer?

  • You’ll gain a variety of valuable experience for your CV
  • You’ll learn new skills such as customer service, communication and team working
  • We’ll provide you with all the training and resources you need along with a Blue Cross polo shirt, ID and email address
  • You’ll meet new people and get involved with your local community
  • You’ll have the opportunity to inspire children and young people to make better choices for pets
  • You’ll be helping more pets in need


We would love you to join us and help us help more pets in need.

More about Blue Cross for Pets
Blue Cross for Pets

We're a charity that has been helping sick, injured, abandoned and homeless pets since 1897. Pets help us in so many ways and they depend e... Read more

Refreshed on: 21 September 2020
Closed date: 05 November 2020
Tags: Advice, Information, Teaching

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