Our dogs are trained to assist with a range of practical tasks such as:

 

 

Our canine partners provide practical day to day assistance with tasks that may be difficult, painful,or impossible to perform. They also provide that special companionship, unconditional love and affection which is so unique to dogs.

 

Social interaction

Whilst out exercising and playing games in the park, or working in the supermarket and handing over their Partner's purse at the checkout, the extraordinary Canine Partner is a catalyst for conversation, meeting new people and increasing their Partner’s opportunity for social interaction. You stop being "that disabled person in a wheelchair" and start being "the person with the really cool dog" (See Kate and "Byron"'s story).



To boldly go

To care for and manage a Canine Partner involves being responsible for daily exercise, feeding, grooming and playing. Dogs give you a reason to get up in the morning and to get out of the house, exercising. This increased activity can help to maintain muscular strength and joint mobility, particularly when the dog has been specially trained to fit in with a physiotherapy programme......and of course a dog puts a smile on your face too :)


Reducing your need for help from other people

Nobody likes to ask for help from other people - so why should you have to do this just because you use a wheelchair? It's been described to us as "like having your soul and identity chipped away, every time you ask for help". Our Canine Partners stop you from having to ask for help, so your soul and identity are preserved. You may also be able to reduce your reliance on a carer too. That's what independence is all about. That's why we believe so passionately in our Mission.

Latest News

National Express puppy coach made a pit-stop at our Midlands Centre to present us with a cheque
Generous National Express visited our Midlands Centre to present Canine Partners with a massive cheque for £10,000.

Lily and Veronica’s chores aren’t a bore when raising funds for Canine Partners
Kind-hearted Lily Barkes, 10, and Veronica Smirnova, 10, have raised £20 for assistance dog charity Canine Partners by carrying out chores in return for a donation.

Folly and Katy are relying on your votes to win Friends for Life competition at Crufts
You can only vote online at www.channel4.com/cruftsvote. Please share with all your friends, and help Folly and Katy win in our 25th Anniversary year!

CEO's Blog

A day trip to the Isle of Wight and Folly goes to Crufts

03 Mar

It doesn’t get better than the Isle of Wight does it? All that sunshine and the smell of salty brine and fish as the ferry gently chugs across the inviting blue sea, its flag rustling in the warm breeze. And that’s pretty much what it was like on Wednesday when I visited our army of volunteer puppy parents as they met for their weekly puppy class in Godshill Scout Hall. All of the above applied, plus a choc chip cookie on the voyage over, just to put the icing on the cake. The only fly in the ointment was the early start in order to check in at 7.30am at Portsmouth Harbour, but that’s ok. We ‘sea dogs’ like early starts, after all.   Read more


Canine Partners’ Leicestershire Training Centre

Canine Partners needs to raise £3.1million to build a second Training Centre in order to train more dogs and change more lives.

We have purchased a site in a village called Osgathorpe, halfway between Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Loughborough, which has a range of barns, outbuildings and associated land. The plan is to replace the barns and adapt some of the outbuildings to create the specialised buildings we need.

Having a Midlands Training Centre will not only increase our output, it will also make the charity far more accessible for those on our waiting list who are unable to make the long journey to our centre in West Sussex. 42% of the applications we received last year were from people living in the mid and northern regions of the UK. Many of our existing partnerships will also benefit from being able to receive support from the new centre.

The site will consist of a training centre and office facilities, fully accessible accommodation and kennelling.

This is an extremely exciting time for Canine Partners and we would be delighted to receive your support.

For more information about this project, please contact Cat Harvey on 01730 716018 or email catharvey@caninepartners.org.uk

Jobs available at the new centre will be advertised on our Vacancies page here: Work for us

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