Letter: education ambassadors needed

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Assistance dog charity Canine Partners is kick-starting its 25th anniversary celebrations with the launch of an education ambassador scheme.

The charity requires volunteer education ambassadors to visit local schools, colleges and youth groups such as Brownies, Rainbows, Beavers and Scouts to talk about the work the Charity does in transforming the lives of people with disabilities.

Canine Partners, which receives no government funding and relies solely on donations, trains dogs to do everyday tasks such as opening doors, undressing, pressing buttons and emergency response for those who would otherwise find it difficult or impossible.

We are looking for volunteer education ambassadors to represent Canine Partners and engage local schools and youth groups by providing talks and workshops for children of all ages. We need people who are good communicators, adaptable and self-motivated for this home-based role.

This is a great way for us to spread the word about the work we do in training amazing assistance dogs to transform the lives of people with disabilities.”

Canine Partners will provide training and support for all education ambassadors, who will aim to carry out two to four talks a month which will be mainly during the day and term-time.

The volunteers, aged over 18 years old, will also be the co-ordinators for other education speakers in the area. They will need their own transport, regular email access and be required to have a DBS check.

Canine Partners currently has more than 300 working canine partnerships across the UK, helping people with disabilities such as MS, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, ME, spina bifida and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome become more independent.

If you would like to find out more or apply please contact our education officer on 01730 716051 or education@caninepartners.org.uk.

Libby Rome, education officer, Canine Partners