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Aftercare Assistant North WestThis exciting role will support people with disabilities with the on-going training of their assistance dogs. Using positive training methods, you will give advice on behavioural and training issues.
£8.72 per hour plus 40p per mile
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The successful candidate will become part of a committed team at the cutting edge of the Assistance Dog world. This is an exciting opportunity to join our team, at a time of growth and development for Canine Partners. You will be passionate about changing people’s lives and proud to be part of our extended family.
This is an exciting casual role, supporting partners with the on-going training of their dogs. Using positive training methods, you will give advice on behavioural and training issues.
You will be part of our busy Aftercare team, providing support to our partners in their home once they have been matched with their Canine Partners. We give on-going support to every partnership, ensuring they are long-lasting, happy and healthy. Each partnership receives a minimum of 7 visits in the first year and at least 2 visits annually, until the dog retires. For more information on the Aftercare support we provide, please visit our website http://www.caninepartners.org.uk/aftercare-retirement
Ideally you will have experience of training dogs using positive reward based methods and will have empathy for a wide range of people, including those with a disability. We welcome applications from those with commitment to excellence and an ability to demonstrate a passion for their work.
Duties will include:
• Using positive dog training methods
• Providing aftercare visits, training and support for partners
• Monitoring partnerships, giving advice and feedback on behavioural issues
• Travel throughout the North West visiting partners. Therefore it is essential that you can travel around the North West. Areas to cover include Manchester, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cheshire, Merseyside & North Wales
It is therefore essential that you can meet the following criteria:
• Natural rapport with dogs
• Knowledge of dog training behaviour
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills
• Effective record keeping, ICT and report writing skills
• Full driving licence and use of car for business
It is also essential that you have a commitment to excellence and an ability to demonstrate a passion for your work. Ideally you will have an understanding of human medical conditions as they relate to Canine Partnerships and experience of providing training to others, along with a positive attitude, flexibility and initiative. You must maintain on-going training and attend two of at least four training days per year, as well continue to develop your own dog training expertise.
Joining Canine Partners could be the start of a fantastic career, assisting people with disabilities to enjoy a greater independence and a better quality of life.
Closing date for applications: 9am Wednesday 14 October 2015
1st Interview Date: Friday 30 October 2015
Interview location: Heyshott, West Sussex
To apply, please download the job description and application form. Please email your completed application form to Sarah McElhinney at email@example.com
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Volunteer Regional Talks and Events CoordinatorWe are looking for an organised and enthusiastic individual to assist the regional fundraising team across the South West and East by co-ordinating talks and events. This includes booking talks and speakers using a database and spreadsheet, and liaising with two Regional Fundraisers and other volunteers to ensure equipment and merchandise is organised for events.
What does the charity do?
Canine Partners is a registered charity that assists people with disabilities to enjoy a greater independence and quality of life through the provision of specially trained dogs, whose well-being is a key consideration. The Charity is working closely with the uniformed services to provide assistance dogs to those injured while on active duty.
More than 1.2 million people in the UK use a wheelchair, and a significant number of those would benefit from a canine partner. The dogs are carefully matched to the applicant’s needs and lifestyle, no matter how challenging.
They are trained to help with everyday tasks such as opening and shutting doors, unloading the washing machine, picking up dropped items, pressing buttons and switches and getting help in an emergency. The
Charity aims to train dogs to meet the needs of people with even the most complex disabilities including members of HM Armed Forces.
These life transforming dogs also provide practical, physiological, psychological and social benefits including increased independence and confidence as well as increased motivation and self-esteem. A canine partner also brings companionship, a sense of security and increases social interaction.
What is the opportunity?
To assist the regional fundraising team across the South West and East by co-ordinating talks and events. This includes booking talks and speakers using a database and spreadsheet, and liaising with two Regional Fundraisers and other volunteers to ensure equipment and merchandise is organised for events.
What does the role include?
- Liaising with members of the public requesting talks and events
- Matching the availability of volunteer speakers to requests for talks and maintaining a spreadsheet and paper records
- Liaising with colleagues and volunteers groups to ensure events have the necessary literature, equipment, merchandise, people and dogs.
- Maintaining records in relation to events (costs, amounts raised) and any feedback received.
- Ensuring volunteers and participating colleagues receive timely “thank yous” and feedback
What are the objectives?
- To respond to members of the public and volunteers in a timely fashion
- To maintain efficient records of talks and events
- To establish effective working relationships with colleagues, volunteers and regional teams
- To raise the awareness of, and increase support for, Canine Partners in the South West & East
What skills and abilities should I have?
- Good telephone manner, tact and diplomacy
- Good basic IT skills. Able to use Outlook, Word and Excel
- Good organisation skills
- To be able to positively promote the Charity enthusiastically and professionally to members of the public
How much time is required?
- You will need to make a regular commitment to come in to our offices once or twice a week
When do you need me to work?
- Flexible but suggest 10am until 3pm or 4pm
Where is the role based?
- Midhurst – parking is available nearby and will be reimbursed
Are there benefits for me?
- Meeting and working with new people
- Making a difference to your local community
- The satisfaction of helping improve the lives of people affected by disability
- Developing organisational and events management skills
- Gaining experience to add to your CV
- Having fun, sharing your enthusiasm and doing something new!
Will I be provided with training?
- You will be given an induction pack to help familiarise you with the role.
- You will be provided with desk training by Regional Fundraisers and colleagues from the Regional Fundraising team will be able to answer queries.
What on-going support/guidance is there?
- Support from colleagues in the Fundraising Office
- Opportunities to meet and network with staff and fellow volunteers during the year
- Updates on the success of Canine Partners’ campaigns and full
Will my expenses be paid?
- We pay volunteers’ ‘out-of-pocket’ expenses within agreed guidelines
What do I do next?
Volunteer supporters needed nationwide - be part of our growing family!
You too can help provide our highly skilled Assistance Dogs for people with disabilities by offering help local to you at a Puppy Training Satellite or Support Group. We can put you in touch with Canine Partners staff and volunteers in your area, just contact us to see how you can help. For further information on opportunities to help please click here to find out more, for example:
West Sussex Head Office, Scotland & Essex Fundraising need volunteers to help for various events and administration tasks.
For further details, please contact Sarah McElhinney on 01730 716002 or email
Canine Partners is an equal opportunity employer.