The Young Kennel Club (YKC) is offering volunteering
opportunities to senior members, with a broad range of events over
the course of the year.
YKC members aged 16-24 years will have the opportunity to try
something different and learn new skills, meet people and make new
The list of volunteer opportunities for senior members
Exton Fun Day - Monday 30th May in Exton,
Exton Fun Day is in its fourth year, raising funds for the
village church. They are looking for any YKC trainers/handlers who
would be interested in showing their skills and training at the
charity day in the village.
Basingstoke & District Obedience Show - Saturday 4th
June at the War Memorial Park, Basingstoke
Volunteers are being offered an opportunity to learn about
running a show and helping with the physical aspects. Volunteers
will be well looked after and given a certificate of attendance.
Anyone helping will also be able to work their dog if they
Countryfile Live - Kennel Club Stand - Thursday 4th
August - Sunday 7th August at Blenheim Place, Oxford
The Kennel Club is looking for committed YKC volunteers who will
be great ambassadors for dogs and can talk to visitors on the
stand, advising them on the activities that they can do with their
dogs and promoting the YKC organisation as there will be many
families attending. The three day event will also be filmed as the
event is in conjunction with the BBC Countryfile
programme. Volunteers will be provided with lunch and
refreshments and help towards travel costs.
The United Retriever Club - Wednesday 17th August
(championship show) in Malvern and Wednesday 26th October (open
show) in Ryton on Dunsmore, Coventry
The United Retriever Club runs three shows a year - one
championship show and two open shows - and they would very much
like to offer the chance for future committee members, judges etc
to gain some experience with what is involved in running shows.
They would be happy to accommodate a few enthusiastic youngsters
per show either in a particular role or gaining experience across a
range of roles, from ring runners, stewarding, to shadowing the
show manager, chief steward, secretary etc. The one stipulation
made by the committee was that no time should be taken off from
Crufts Ring Party & YKC Promotion - Thursday 9th -
Sunday 12th March 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham
The YKC has its own ring at Crufts and would like to invite
senior members to run the ring over the four days. This is a great
responsibility and gives experience of stewarding at shows, dealing
with judges, competitors and the general public and a chance to
learn about the organisation and running of a large dog show. The
YKC always needs keen, enthusiastic volunteers to help promote the
club, speaking to the general public and potential new members, and
is perfect for those passionate about the YKC.
To register an interest in volunteering, please complete the
form on the YKC website. On receipt of the form, the YKC team will
pass on your details to the relevant organisation.
Jane Fullbrook, YKC Events Co-Ordinator said: "We're pleased to
announce these volunteer opportunities for our senior members.
These events are a fantastic chance to gain new skills and
experience, spread the word about the Young Kennel Club and make
some new friends.
"If any dog clubs or shows in the UK want to give our
senior members a chance to volunteer at their event please do get
in touch as we'd love to hear from you."
Members under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by a
parent/guardian to the event. Those completing the form on
behalf of someone else should ensure that their details are
submitted rather than those of the person completing the
form. The YKC cannot guarantee that the opportunities listed
above will remain available. For dog clubs or shows that wish to
offer volunteer opportunities to senior members please contact the
YKC team: YKC@thekennelclub.org.uk.
For more information and to sign up to any of the volunteer
opportunities, please visit this page.