Education Team Leader
How long have you volunteered for CP?
Since January 2015
Why did you choose to volunteer for Cats Protection?
I have a passion for animal welfare, and I love cats. I also adopted my cat Bonnie from Cats Protection’s Bracknell and Wokingham branch.
What kind of things do you do?
I am an Education Team Leader for Berkshire. I do research into schools and community groups in the area that we can give talks to, co-ordinate a team of volunteers to give those talks, and give some talks myself.
The talks are curriculum linked, interactive and fun, and if doing the talks for children, then they all get goody bags! We cover a variety of topics, such as cat's needs, their senses, their communication/body language, and the role that Cats Protection plays in society.
By improving people's understanding of cats and their welfare needs, and dispelling misconceptions associated with cats we can help prevent some of the issues that the cat population faces. For example, some people believe female cats should be allowed to have a litter of kittens before they are spayed but actually cats have no concept of “broodiness” or any emotional need to be a parent. And neutering also benefits the health of all cats because it makes them less likely to roam and become involved in car accidents, or fight and pass on feline diseases through biting and saliva.
What has been your favourite experience so far?
I couldn't pinpoint one experience in particular, but in general, building a rapport with the audience can be a lot of fun. Children in particular provide many amusing takes on cat life!
What’s the best thing about volunteering for CP?
Apart from being able to make a real difference to cats, Cats Protection offers a lot of training and support to education volunteers.
What would you say to anyone who was thinking of becoming a volunteer with Cats Protection?
Cats Protection offers many different volunteer roles which appeal to many different disciplines. I would say 'go for it!'