How far will your volunteering reach?

Where do you want your volunteering to have an impact?  At home? In your area? Nationally? Overseas?  Here are a few ideas...

UK Politics

Thursday 8th June 2017 was the UK General Election.  So what do animal charities have to say?

Sign the petition started on Care2.com asking for Gove to be removed as Minister for the Environment - Care2.com will tell you why.

List of Animal Charities
Koalas need your help

Koalas are being left homeless, thanks to excessive tree clearing. 

Click here to find out how you can help

SUCCESS: Elephant Corridor Appeal

Give elephants a wildlife corridor in India

SUCCESS: 
The World Land Trust has reached its target to help Indian elephants.  Find out more here

Organic Beauty Gifts

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Help Butterfly Conservation with organic beauty gifts from Green People. Find out more here

Wildlife News

Please help animals in disasters.  World Animal Protection (previously the WSPA) help animals around the world in times of disaster e.g. flooding, earthquakes etc.  Click here for more info

Planning for disasters for your pets, livestock & zoos.  More...

Donkey Sanctuary children rescue foal in India 
Education does work "I'm feeling much better now, thanks to the children & the Donkey Sanctuary vets," says this little donkey. Children in India helped the little foal after having lessons in donkey care from the Donkey Sancutary...  Back in the UK, children learnt about nature & willdife with the RSPB's Big Schools Birdwatch

 

Teachers Resources & Activities for children

There are many activities for children & learning materials which animal charities have produced for teachers in the classroom.  In many/most cases, charities will take curriculum requirements into account, making life easier for the professional teacher.  The video below has been produced by the Humane Society International to teach children in Viet Nam about rhino conservation.

 
 
 
Here are just some.
  • The Snow Leopard Trust has a teachers' resource you can download called Engaging Students in Conservation: Protecting the Endangered Snow Leopard.
  • The BirdBox Project gives schools a chance to share share video and data streams collected from nesting boxes fitted with video cameras etc. Schools throughout the south east can see nest box activity and share in interactive events. 
  • The Royal Horticultural Society has launched the RHS Campaign for School Gardening.  There's a vegetable of the month, a recipe of the month & lots of help on what you can do in the school garden.  Plus a forum for teachers & staff. Lots of activities for children to do.
  • Be a frog-friendly teacher at Save the Frogs- lots of ideas for teachers of all subjects
  • The WSPA has produced a Bear Necessities Resource for pupils aged 7 - 11 supporting key topics within the literacy curriculum while looking at animal welfare.  They also have an Assembly Plan
  • The International Animal Welfare Education Programme (In Awe) was initiated by the World Society for the Protection of Animals.  The programme works to educate school children aged 5 to 16, teachers, teacher trainers and curriculum developers.   It works with governments, teachers and some member societies to embed animal welfare into the school curriculum of a number of countries in Asia, Latin America & Africa
  • Having a pet in school - advice from the Pet Care Trust
  • Compasson in World Farming has teachers resources you can download for free  (except where stated) for schools, colleges and universities
  • The Avon Wildlife Trust has some great resources for teachers for primary & secondary schools - you can visit their centres, get free resources, create a wildlife friendly school and find out about wild places near you.  Go to Avon WIldlife Trust's Wild Schools site
Events too!
Events taking place to tap into include the
RSPB Big Schools' Birdwatch, run each January.  
You'll find everything you need on the RSPB website, with lots of activities for children.  The survey bit takes an hour - the survey is rich with curriculum links - you can do the watch in the school grounds or in a local park, it's up to you. Resources, activities for children, ideas, cross-curricular approach - teachers' feedback - find more about it here
 
Tackling Phobia of Dogs
Pets as Therapy is well known for its activities for visiting people in hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, residential homes and all sorts of places.  They also, however, help children who have phobias of dogs.  Usually their trained volunteers go into schools
to work with the children there.  For more info, visit Pets as Therapy.
 
Pet Education Resources - this website is an amazing collaboration of pet charities with lots of learning resources for all ages (4 - 16+), plus info on who will come to see you in school and who can help you visit them.  More info

 

Give wildlife a pond

Wildlife need water as well.  Give the wildlife in your garden a pond - it doesn't have to be a big one!  More info

Dogs DIE in hot cars

Would you know what to do if you saw a dog in a car on a hot day? Find out more here

Give the gift of water

Give working animals the gift of water - here's how you can do it. 

Cat Care in Hot Weather

Cats Protection have advice for cat owners and carers in hot weather.  Click here to pounce on it!

Art World Conservation

Art World Conservation are having an amazing charity event in August to raise awareness about wildlife, conservation and climate change. More Info

Ways to help
Avoid plastic

Plastic and litter can really damage wildlife and the world around us.  Find out more here

Insure your pet & help animals

Animal Friends have policies for pets & horses. A good whack of any profits they make goes to help registered animal charities around the world. Like them on Facebook, & they will give £1 for every "Like" they get to animal charities. Get a quote from Animal Friends.