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Educational Speaker - Blue Cross

Closing date: 31 March 2020

Organisation: 

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: 

About the role

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

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • 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

Experience, skills and attributes needed

  • Computer literate 
  • Preferably experienced working with young people and caring for pets
  • A good communicator, adaptable and self-motivated 

Other requirements

  • Access to reliable transport
  • Access to email 
  • Access to a computer and internet
  • The minimum age requirement for this role is 17+

What this role offers for volunteers

  • 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 
  • You will be given a resource kit, polo shirt and out of pocket expenses
  • A two part distance learning course 
  • Gain practical skills and experience for your CV
  • Join a great team of like-minded people

Other information: 

Support for volunteers with additional 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 distance learning course

DBS check required: Yes

Exempt from Rehabilitation Offenders Act: No

References required: 2 from someone who has known you for two years (not a family or staff member of BlueCross). 

Hours: 
This role is based from home, visiting groups in your local area. We ask for at least four talks of one hour per term mostly during weekdays and evenings and a minimum commitment of one year.
Expenses: Travel only

Type of activity: 

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