It's been another challenging year, but we have continued to work hard to support our clients and make advancements for the company!
We'd like to thank you for all of your support this year, and thought we would share some of this year's highlights!
Assistance Dogs International Accreditation
This year we became accredited by, and a member of, ADI (Assistance Dogs International)!
ADI establishes and promotes standards of excellence in all areas of assistance dog acquisition, training, and partnership, and is the leading global authority in the Assistance Dogs industry.
Full member of Assistance Dogs UK
After becoming a member of ADI, we also become a full member of ADUK (Assistance Dogs UK)!
ADUK aims to share knowledge, expertise and skills between its member and candidate organisations,while also promoting the highest standards of assistance dog training and welfare.
Disability Confident Employer
This year the Department of Work and Pensions continued our recognition of being a Disability Confident Employer through the Disability Confident Scheme!
The scheme encourages employers to think differently about disability, and supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to the workplace.
Partnership with Restart Dog Project
This year we partnered with Restart Dog Project, which teaches young people in Young Offenders Institutions skills to train dogs. For our partnership, four candidate dogs have received puppy life skills training by the young offenders at HMYOI Werrington, preparing the dogs for their next phase of training and assessments with ourselves.
'An Introduction to Assistance Dogs' course
This year we launched our 'An Introduction to Assistance Dogs' course, developed by one of our Ambassadors, Ruth Gregory! This course provides a unique and highly informative insight into topics you should consider when applying for an Autism Assistance Dog.
David Bailey becomes an Ambassador
This year we welcomed David Bailey as an Ambassador to the company!
David has a wealth of experience in the Assistance Dog industry, having worked with Guide Dogs,Canine Partners, Assistance Dogs International, and the International Guide Dog Federation, and his input has truly been invaluable!
This year we were very fortunate to receive funding in the form of grants, fundraisers, and direct donations. This funding has enabled us to continue to support our families throughout this year, and we would like to once again thank every one who has supported us this year!