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Virtual Workshops with Dogs Trust We are delighted to be offering FREE 30-45 minute online workshops via a secure online platform (Zoom, Microsoft Teams), directly into your classroom! These sessions can be slotted into your school’s timetable easily and we can even deliver multiple workshops to different classes throughout the day. All you need is an interactive whiteboard with sound capabilities, so that we can share our fun presentation with your class. If you are interested in booking a virtual workshop or would like to discuss this further with us then feel free to email [email protected] We’d love to hear from you!

Meet The Team

You can find out more about your local Education and Community Officer or Education and Outreach Officer including their contact details, by searching your local area on the map. NOTE, Most of our team is still currently on Furlough. If you do not get a response from the Education Officer requested then please email [email protected] and one of the team will get back to you with details about how we can help you further. 

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Alison MacLachlan
Name:
Alison Russell
Title:
Education & Outreach Officer
Area:
Scotland
Email:
Email Alison Russell
Phone:
07443 981 670

I am a fully qualified Secondary Teacher and have spent the last five years working for Dogs Trust. I have worked with many children and young people promoting Responsible Dog Ownership through curriculum linked lessons in schools targeting the dog owners of the tomorrow.

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Gemma Trainer
Name:
Gemma Kelly
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Glasgow
Email:
Email Gemma Kelly
Phone:
07812 678 084 / 0141 773 5142

Hello! I’m Gemma and I’m the Education & Community Officer for Dogs Trust Glasgow. I am a qualified youth worker, arts tutor and community development worker. I’ve taught in schools, youth centres and theatre schools.

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Rachel Bliss
Name:
Rachel Bliss
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Edinburgh
Email:
Email Rachel Bliss
Phone:
07920 658 660

Hi, Im Rachel, I am a qualified youth worker and have previously been actively involved in animal welfare causes and environmental education. During my studies I researched the mutual benefits of young peoples’ interactions with dogs and recognised the need for education surrounding dogs.

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Cathy Clyde
Name:
Cathy Clyde
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Northern Ireland
Email:
Email Cathy Clyde
Phone:
02825 650 045 / 07834 659 504

Hi, my name is Cathy and I have been the Dogs Trust Education and Community Officer here in Northern Ireland since 2004. Prior to taking up my post with Dogs Trust I was an English teacher, so I have combined my teaching skills with my love of all things canine.

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Alison Gray
Name:
Alison Gray
Title:
Education & Outreach Officer
Area:
North East
Email:
Email Alison Gray
Phone:
01325 331 451 / 07742 628 073

Hi my name is Alison I am the Youth Trainer for Dogs Trust in the North East. Before coming to Dogs Trust I have worked as a children's social worker and also as an Education Officer for vulnerable children and young people. This great job allows me to combine my two passions, supporting children and animal welfare!

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Angela Madigan
Name:
Angela Madigan
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
North West
Email:
Email Angela Madigan
Phone:
0151 489 6722 / 07843 348 420

I started working for Dogs Trust in 1999. Initially I was a Canine Carer at the Merseyside Rehoming Centre, which gave me valuable first-hand experience of life at a rehoming centre. I am qualified in Animal Care and as a Teaching Assistant, so working as an Education Officer is a fantastic way to combine both my skills.

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Donna Sayce
Name:
Donna Sayce
Title:
Education & Outreach Officer
Area:
Yorkshire
Email:
Email Donna Sayce
Phone:
07443 981 650

I have worked at Dogs Trust for 12 Years. I started my career as a canine carer, working with all the dogs that needed our help. I then moved to the Education Team in 2008 as I could see the only way to tackle the issue of irresponsible ownership is through changing attitudes of the dog owners of the future.

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Name:
Phil Symons
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Yorkshire
Email:
Email Phil Symons
Phone:
07388992009

Hi my name is Phil Symons and before working at Dogs Trust I spent 6 years working in primary education. I have also spent over 5 years working in NHS where I supported and encouraged children and adults to bring about positive behaviour change. I hope to be able to use these experiences combined with my love of dogs, to help influence children around staying safe around dogs and how to be a responsible dog owner. I offer free, fun and interactive educational workshops and assemblies, so please contact me to discuss a booking.

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Anna Baatz
Name:
Melanie Tomkins
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Greater Manchester
Email:
Email Melanie Tomkins
Phone:
07443680414

I am Education and Community Officer for Greater Manchester. I'm really excited to be working in a role that combines my love of teaching and my passion for dog welfare! I am a qualified secondary teacher of English and I also have an MA in American Literature. I have a Border Collie called Scout and absolutely love to teach her new tricks. Outside of my enthusiasm for all things dog, I also like to write and perform my own poetry at spoken word nights in and around Manchester.

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Bethan Richardson
Name:
Bethan Richardson
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
North Wales
Email:
Email Bethan Richardson
Phone:
07920 658 693

Hello, my name is Bethan I am a qualified secondary teacher and was also a Senior Play Worker before starting with Dogs Trust. My passion has always been dogs, rescue and promoting animal welfare. Becoming an Education Officer for Dogs Trust is my dream job; I can incorporate my love of dogs and commitment to animal welfare with my passion for teaching.

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Claire Kendrick
Name:
Claire Kendrick
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
South Wales
Email:
Email Claire Kendrick
Phone:
07436 162 108

Hi, my name is Claire Kendrick. I’m really happy and honoured to be the Education and Community Officer in South Wales. I am a qualified Nursery Nurse with experience of Early Years Education and have a Foundation Degree in Learning Support. I specialise in Additional Needs and have much experience of Youth Work, Family Support and Community projects.

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Hayley Rees
Name:
Hayley Rees
Title:
Education & Outreach Officer
Area:
South Wales
Email:
Email Hayley Rees
Phone:
07392 869 378

Previous to this role, I was a Dog Trainer within Dogs Trust and before that I worked in the field of youth education for over 15 years. I have a huge passion for improving the lives of our canine companions and education is key to making this happen.

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Alison Donald
Name:
Alison Donald
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Shropshire & Staffordshire
Email:
Email Alison Donald
Phone:
01952 771 405 / 07436 162 292

Hello, my name is Alison. Before coming to Dogs Trust I spent twenty years working within the childcare sector, supporting children and young people in a variety of settings. I am a qualified teacher and an Early Years and Playwork practitioner. Becoming an Education Officer for Dogs Trust is my dream job.

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Sarah Saunders
Name:
Sarah Saunders
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
East Midlands
Email:
Email Sarah Saunders
Phone:
07917 838 332

Hi I'm Sarah. I'm a qualified teacher who has a lifelong passion to make a difference to the lives of young people. My workshops are child centered, interactive and promote self esteem communication skills and team work. I can adapt Dogs Trust messages for young people of different ages and abilities and link them through curriculum subjects.

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Keira Evans
Name:
Keira Evans
Title:
Education & Outreach Officer
Area:
Midlands
Email:
Email Keira Evans
Phone:
07443 981 753

Dogs Trust not only helps rehome abandoned and unwanted dogs it is also heavily involved in education, helping to inspire a new generation of responsible and compassionate dog owners. Animals, especially dogs, have always been a passion of mine, and I followed this passion when I undertook my degree in Animal Behaviour & Welfare.

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Jo Goodman
Name:
Jo Goodman
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
East Anglia
Email:
Email Jo Goodman
Phone:
07917 689 000

I am a qualified primary school teacher and love that I can combine my passion for animal welfare with my teaching skills. My program of workshops is not only informative but also fun and highly interactive, appealing to all ages and abilities.

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Anthea Holloway
Name:
Anthea Holloway
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
West Midlands
Email:
Email Anthea Holloway
Phone:
07971 607 961

I feel very lucky to be the Education and Community Officer for the West Midlands. Before joining Dogs Trust I worked as a Primary School teacher. I am very passionate about dog welfare and believe that educating young people about how to stay safe around dogs and be a responsible owner is crucial to improving the lives of dogs. I offer free, fun and interactive educational workshops and assemblies, please get in touch to book one!

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Charlotte Paddock
Name:
Charlotte Paddock
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire
Email:
Email Charlotte Paddock
Phone:
07443 981 730

Hello, I am the Education and Community Officer for Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, based at Evesham Rehoming Centre. I trained as a charity education speaker while studying for a degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare at Hartpury University. I now offer workshops to schools and community groups, teaching children about responsible dog ownership and how to be safe around dogs.

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Maria Gill
Name:
Maria Kyle
Title:
Education & Community Manager
Area:
Essex
Email:
Email Maria Kyle
Phone:
07443 981 752

Hi, my name's Maria. I'm a qualified teacher and this dream job allows me to combine my love of education with my passion for animal welfare. I offer fun, free and interactive workshops to primary schools all across Essex that are curriculum linked and focus on "Responsible Dog Ownership", "Safety Around Dogs" and "Meeting a Dog’s Needs".

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Stacey Devon and Cornwall
Name:
Stacey Prosser
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Devon & Cornwall
Email:
Email Stacey Prosser
Phone:
07436 162 109

Hi, my name is Stacey and I am the ECO lucky enough to cover the counties of Devon and Cornwall! I’m passionate about both education and animal welfare, therefore I couldn’t ask for a better job! Educating the ‘dog owners of tomorrow’ about responsible dog ownership and how to keep safe around dogs never gets old! It truly is my pleasure to visit schools, groups and events in my area, to share our key, educational messages. Please contact me to find out more! All my workshops are free of charge and in no way linked to fundraising.

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Jayne Boundy
Name:
Jayne Boundy
Title:
Education & Outreach Manager
Area:
South West
Email:
Email Jayne Boundy
Phone:
07443 981 673

I am a fully qualified teacher with 13 years of experience working within Offender Learning in various establishments and groups. I wanted to combine my passion for animal welfare with my belief that education is the key towards progression and meeting an individual's potential.

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Jo Furlano
Name:
Jo Furlano
Title:
Education & Outreach Officer
Area:
London
Email:
Email Jo Furlano
Phone:
07443 981 690

My passion for dogs and education has spanned over 15 years giving me the opportunity to work with young people who are interested in and motivated by dogs. I have previously worked with rescue dogs, delivered animal management and apprenticeship programmes and provided individualised support to young adults to achieve their full potential.

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Kelly Craig
Name:
Kelly Craig
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
North London
Email:
Email Kelly Craig
Phone:
07920 658 743

I am thrilled to have such a great job that combines all my skills and passion. I have a theatrical background performing myself for many years. I have also worked as a Creative Facilitator and Workshop Leader, planning and leading many anti-bullying and educational workshops, after school clubs and youth projects for all levels.

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Charlotte Hossack
Name:
Charlotte Hossack
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
East London
Email:
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Phone:

At the beginning of May 2020 I was welcomed onto the team as an Education and Community Officer. I bring to the role a wide and varied experience, I have taught school children of all ages from EYFS classes to Key Stages 1 through to 4, from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities. I qualified as a Secondary Science teacher in 2012. I am very excited to be working within the Education Team alongside other Eductaion Officers to help achieve Dogs Trust’s mission.

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Emma Boxall
Name:
Emma Boxall
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
South London
Email:
Email Emma Boxall
Phone:
07443 981 647

Hi, I’m Emma, before joining Dogs Trust in 2013 I was an English Teacher in a secondary school, and am qualified in both the primary and secondary sector. I’m extremely passionate about animal welfare and love working with young people. I think learning about dog safety and responsible dog ownership is a crucial factor in shaping the next generation into compassionate and empathetic human beings, which is why I absolutely love my job! I can’t wait to meet and work with lots more young people and parents across South-East London!

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Josephine Questier
Name:
Jo Cullum- Fernandez
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Kent
Email:
Email Jo Cullum- Fernandez
Phone:
07443 981 693

I'm very passionate about animal welfare and dogs in particular, with my degree being in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. I thoroughly enjoy delivering our Dogs Trust workshops on Responsible Dog Ownership and Safety Around Dogs and feel that these sessions are incredibly important for all children that will inevitably come into contact with dogs at some point.

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Becky Short
Name:
Becky Short
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
The South
Email:
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Phone:

Hi, I’m Becky, Education and Community Officer for the South (covering Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey)! I’m a qualified primary school teacher and I am very proud to now be working for Dogs Trust. It’s great to be able to promote positive behaviour changes and deliver safety messages to children about all things ‘dog’!

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Name:
Katie Chapel
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
North East
Email:
Email Katie Chapel
Phone:
07443 981 819/ 01325 331 451

I have worked for Dogs Trust since 2004 in a variety of roles. I recently took a short break to gain a teaching qualification and I feel proud to be in a position where I can help to educate the dog owners of tomorrow. I studied Animal Management at University and have dedicated my working life to improving canine welfare in the North East.

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Name:
Helen Peake
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
West of England
Email:
Email Helen Peake
Phone:
07584 489 178

Hi I’m Helen ECO covering Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. I’m a qualified teacher, with many years’ experience of working in primary schools, first as a class teacher and then in environmental education. I have a passion for animal welfare, and also love to sing, so my workshops and assembles often end with a rousing song!

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Name:
Elissa Stanton
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Cumbria & Lancashire
Email:
Email Elissa Stanton
Phone:
07920658677

My name is Elissa and I am the Education and Community Officer for Cumbria and Lancashire. Previous to working for Dogs Trust I have worked has a Primary School teacher of 16 years. This is the perfect role for me as it allows me to put my teaching skills to good use whilst promoting my passion for dog welfare! I have a Springer Spaniel called Maya and absolutely love getting out into the ‘Great Outdoors’ with her. Outside of my enthusiasm for all things dog, I also like read, watch films and spend time with my family.

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Name:
Rosie Allen
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
West London
Email:
Email Rosie Allen
Phone:
07551 805 406/ 01895 453 955

Hello, my name is Rosie and I am the Education and Community Officer for Dogs Trust in West London. Before working with Dogs Trust, I was a qualified Primary School Teacher and I have always had a passion for dogs and animal welfare. Becoming an Education and Community Officer for Dogs Trust has enabled me to combine my love for dog welfare and educating young people. This is my dream job!

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Name:
Steph Butler
Title:
Education & Community Officer
Area:
Sussex
Email:
Email Steph Butler
Phone:
07918 750 520

Hello, I’m Steph. I’m the Education and Community Officer based down in sunny Sussex! I’m a qualified primary school teacher and have worked in a variety of different provisions. I am an absolute dog lover! As a result, I love combining my teaching experience and passion for animal welfare when delivering our variety of interactive, curriculum based workshops.

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Lyndsey Cooper
Name:
Lyndsey Cooper
Title:
Education & Outreach Officer
Area:
North West
Email:
Email Lyndsey Cooper
Phone:
07525730642

I started the role in July 2019 after working in an FE college teaching animal care for the previous 10 years. I absolutely love combining my passion for animals and my strong beliefs that education should be accessible to everyone and is key to changing attitudes and behaviour. I will be delivering sessions to adults and young learners in secure establishments and alternative education sites. The provision will be based around responsible dog ownership and promoting positive dog interactions.

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