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Educational Speaker - Blue Cross

Closing date: 31 March 2019


Pets are at the heart of everything we do. Each year, thousands of cats, dogs, small pets and horses turn to our animal hospitals, clinics and rehoming services for treatment and to find them the happy homes they deserve. Meanwhile, our Education and Behaviour Teams prepare future pet owners to take responsibility and look after their pets for life.

Role description: 

The role is giving talks in schools and youth groups to educate young people in pet care and pet issues.

What you will be doing:

  • Based from home, visiting groups in your local area
  • Giving talks to children under the age of 12 at local primary schools, nurseries and youth groups such as Cubs and Brownies
  • Approaching local teachers and youth leaders about our education work
  • Ordering resources from the education office

Benefits to you:

  • You’ll be helping pets to have healthy, happy lives
  • A chance to encourage respect for animals and responsible pet ownership in young people
  • 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 out of pocket expenses
  • A two part distance learning course (to find out more about the course click here )
  • Gain practical skills and experience for your CV
  • Join a great team of like-minded people

What we are looking for:

  • You must be at least 17 years with access to reliable transport
  • Computer literate with access to email
  • Preferably experienced working with young people and caring for pets
  • A good communicator, adaptable and self-motivated 



Other information: 

Age requirement: Over 17’s only due to the audience and timing of talks.

Equal opportunities policy: yes

Support provided for volunteers with extra needs: Risk assessments and reasonable adjustments depending on the school/ club environment

Induction: Full induction with two part distance learning course

Mandatory training: as above

Support and supervision: By a Regional Education Officer

Application process: By application form

Selection process: By application form, interview and course

DBS check required: Yes

Exempt from Rehabilitation Offenders Act: No

References required: 2 

Minimum commitment of one year

We ask for at least four talks of one hour per term mostly during weekdays and evenings
Expenses: Travel only

Type of activity: 

London Borough of RedbridgeNHS Redbridge Clinical Commissioing GroupLondon CouncilsMayor of LondonEuropean Social FundSkills Funding Agency  Big Lottery