Meet the team – Charlotte Paddock & Diggle, Education & Community Officer
Charlotte began her journey with Dogs Trust in 2015, when she took on the role of Education & Community Officer based here at Evesham. Each year, she delivers workshops to over 300 schools and over the last year has helped educate over 20,000 young people.
Education & Community officers deliver fun and engaging interactive workshops, which support a range of curriculum subjects as well as promoting safety around dogs in a successful campaign called ‘Be Dog Smart’. General workshops aim to shape young people’s attitudes towards dogs today and provide essential education about dogs, but she also helps young people with a fear of dogs and last year helped 16 children overcome or cope with their phobia.
Diggle the 1 year old Golden Retriever, is a new addition to Evesham’s education team and Charlotte’s ‘Pawtner’ in their mission of education. Although Diggle doesn’t attend every workshop or school, he is sometimes on hand to assist with learning all about responsible dog ownership and safety around dogs.
We think Charlotte is pretty awesome, so we asked her a couple of questions about her role here:
What does a typical day in the life of Charlotte involve?
In this job, no day is ever the same, but generally a day involves travelling to a school across Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, delivering a range of different lessons in primary schools. These are normally based around responsible dog ownership or safety around dogs. I also spend a lot of time working with young people who are fearful of dogs, to improve their confidence around dogs.
What has been your favourite part of working for Dogs Trust?
I’ve loved working with the young people who are frightened of dogs. So many of their families have been so thankful, because a fear of dogs can have such a detrimental effect on everyday life, so helping in any way to improving that is a real privilege and so rewarding.
Hardest parts of your job?
A lot of travel, I spend so much time in my mobile office (aka the car!) but the fun of being in schools more than makes up for that!
Tell us about Diggle & how he became an education dog
Diggle is my lovely pooch, a one year old Golden Retriever. He’s a wonderful boy, although can be a little cheeky from time to time, but is generally a very good boy. He was assessed recently by one of our Senior TBAs to see if he would be suitable to visit school. After a very thorough assessment (including having to walk past a rogue sandwich!) he passed his assessment to come and help me in schools, and also with the young people who are fearful of dogs, where appropriate.
What do you like to do in your spare time/hobbies
I’m a big sports fan (watching, not partaking!) and love following my local football team, at home and away games around the country. I also love cricket and Formula 1, as well as spending a lot of time out in the beautiful Worcestershire countryside walking Diggle.
What would you say to those wishing to find out more about education
For any teachers reading this, please feel free to get in contact to book our free, fun and interactive school workshops, and you may see me in a school near you soon!
To contact Charlotte, phone her on 01386 835 854 or email [email protected]