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Therapy Dog Volunteer

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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.


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

Disability Action Yorkshire works with disabled people, providing a range of options and practical solutions which include:
Personal care and support for younger physically disabled people at our residential facility 34 Claro Road
A personal assistance service working with disabled people within their own homes and the local community
Training for younger disabled people and adults in the skills required for employment, life skills and accredited courses, this is linked to a furniture warehouse selling pre-used, quality furniture, on a commission basis, to the general public
Offering advice and practical support on helping someone to live their life more independently, including advice on assistive technology
A buddying scheme matches volunteers to enable people to achieve personal life goals, whatever they may be
Our Think Access project we work with local businesses and community leaders with the aim of making Harrogate totally accessible
Fully accessible holiday accommodation in a beautiful lodge in the Lincolnshire Wolds

Charity number: 1044373

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