Wednesday, 18 June 2014

People's Postcode Lottery help fund new Dogs Trust Education and Community Officers across the UK

We have appointed five new Education & Community Officers across the country to help educate local children about safety around dogs and responsible dog ownership. These appointments were made possible due to funds provided by players of People’s Postcode Lottery!

Ruth Thomas (ECO for East London) with Education dogs Jasmine and Fudge.

The new Education and Community Officers (ECO's) based in London, Manchester Edinburgh  and Southern England will join team of 22 staff across the UK who visits schools in their areas to engage with young children to promote safety around dogs to ensure they understand the responsibility of owning a dog. Our Education team has reached over 100,000 children to date and the generous support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery will help the charity reach even more of the dog owners of tomorrow.

Ruth Thomas, Dogs Trust Education and Community Officer for East London comments: 

“I can’t wait to visit more schools in East London to share the important messages of staying safe around dogs and being a responsible dog owner. I feel very lucky that this role enables me to combine what I absolutely love doing - working with young people - whilst promoting my love of dogs, an important cause that I care passionately about.

Ruth adds: 

“It is so important that we support the next generation of dog owners to help them understand the responsibility of owning and caring for a dog and I am proud to be a part of this. The children love learning about how to approach and stroke a dog safely and even get to practice on my dog Fudge who adores children and accompanies me on school visits.”

Hazel Johnstone, Trusts Manager at People’s Postcode Lottery added: 

“We are delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are able to help fund Ruth’s role to teach children across London how to interact and care for dogs. It is evident, through the number of children they teach these important skills, that Dogs Trust Education and Community Officers provide a valuable role in the community.”

About People’s Postcode Lottery

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