The service is based on the principles and techniques of Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI), with a specially-trained dog and specialist practitioner working alongside a human services professional (eg therapist, social care practitioner, teacher, support worker or healthcare provider). Together, they create a programme of engaging activities with the dog designed to meet specific client goals.
The applications are wide-ranging: from improving self-confidence and helping people interact with others in the community, to improving road safety, changing patterns of behaviour and overcoming fear of medical procedures.
We are working with a variety of partners, including local authorities, healthcare providers, specialist charities, schools, colleges and community groups. They support adults and children with a range of individual needs, including autism, learning disabilities, dementia, spinal injury, acquired brain injury, and social isolation.
We're keen to talk to prospective partners who share our values and are interested in exploring the potential of Animal Assisted Intervention to help the people they support.
Please note that the day to day operational costs of our Community Dog service are met by our partners and this forms part of our developing social enterprise activities.
If you’d like to discuss potential opportunities with us, please tell us a bit more about your organisation, the people you support and your ideas, by completing the form below.