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Therapy Dog Volunteer

Therapy Dog Volunteer
Disability Action Yorkshire
Description of the role:

Do you have some spare time and a wonderful dog you could share with our residents at our residential care home for disabled adults? The main focus of our home is to achieve a positive outcome for everyone who lives there. To facilitate this we provide training in the skills required to live independently with the aim that ultimately our customers will be able move into the community when they feel ready.

Pet therapy is widely recognised both as a powerful aid to stimulation and communication, and as a fantastic way to reduce anxiety, and improve physical and emotional wellbeing. We are looking for friendly, approachable volunteers who are confident in engaging with disabled people, and allowing them to spend time with your dog. Staff will be on hand at all times to help with communication where needed and answer any queries.

This worthwhile role gives both disabled people and volunteers the chance to engage with others from diverse backgrounds, providing new and stimulating experiences for both parties.

Skills and qualities needed for the role:

It is essential that dogs have passed Pets as Therapy or equivalent assessment and are fully registered. You do not have to have done this before applying, as we can provide the necessary information, and support you to do this. Dogs must be registered and approved by the Volunteer Coordinator before you commence volunteering.

Practical information:

Induction, training and DBS check provided. Out of pocket expenses paid.


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Additional Information
DBS check needed: Yes
Driving licence needed: No
Car owner: No
Open to: Age 17+
Is this role wheelchair accessible?: Yes
Address
34 Claro Road
Harrogate
North Yorkshire
HG1 4AU
Last updated: 27.07.2018
Organisation Information

We provide a variety of activities and services, all with the aim of increasing independence. We run a residential care home for younger adults (18 -65) with physical disabilities. We are experienced in providing support to people with a range of physical disabilities, although we do not provide nursing care. We provide a home care service for adults from the age of 18 in which includes personal care, domestic tasks and companionship. Our Training Service aims to train disabled people in all of the skills required to gain paid employment or volunteering opportunities.

We offer advice and practical support on helping someone to live their life more independently, including advice on Assistive Technology.

Our Buddying Scheme matches volunteers to enable people to achieve personal life goals, whatever they may be.

We provide fully accessible holiday accommodation in a beautiful lodge in the Lincolnshire Wolds. Our Furniture Enterprise sells pre-used, quality furniture, on a commission basis, to the general public.

Charity number: 1044373