One of our key aims is education, helping people within the community understand cats’ welfare needs, as well as explaining why they behave the way they do. In the quest to educate others on all things feline, our dedicated team of Community Education Officers and Education Volunteers travel around the country, offering interesting and informative talks to schools and community groups.
Since the end of last year, the Education team has been working hard to create and deliver new talks and workshops. Catering to different ages and groups and even including talks for adults, the new sessions feature knowledgeable speakers alongside fun animations, videos and activities – great ways to interact with a young audience!
The PSHE and careers workshop features four different videos documenting a ‘day in the life’ of some of the key careers at Cats Protection – including Cat Care Assistant, Neutering Officer and Vet Nurse. The videos linked to a quiz, where the students were asked questions about what they’d seen, reinforcing learning as well as highlighting the range of jobs available in animal welfare.
Kelly said: "These new career videos are such a fun way to show the children the different careers within the charity. It’s lovely to see the reactions and interest we get from the pupils."
After watching and learning, it was time for the students to put pen to paper and showcase their creative talents. They were asked to try out an activity relating to their best career match. Those keen on becoming Neutering Officers were asked to create posters persuading people to neuter their cats, while those matched as a Media Officer were encouraged to create a press release promoting a hard-to-home cat.
The results were particularly impressive. The girls had lots of wonderful ideas, coming up with some great work.
For the students that chose to head down the career path of Neutering Officer and create a persuasive poster, there were some particularly funny and poignant pieces of work. Others chose the Media Officer role, writing some excellent hard-to-home stories for cats.
If you are a teacher or run a community group and are interested in a free talk or workshop from Cats Protection, visit www.cats.org.uk/book-a-talk to learn more.