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In person Volunteering

Currently, in part due to the coronavirus pandemic, we only have one in person volunteering role available. This is as a therapy dog volunteer.

Therapy Dog Volunteers

To be a therapy dog volunteer, you must first own a dog which is suitable in terms of personality and training to be a therapy dog, working with children with additional needs. The role involves attending monthly sessions with your dog either in Southwell or around Lenton and Beeston area. In these canine assisted activity sessions you, your dog and the young people accessing the service will participate together in a variety of canine assisted activities. Some of these activities are calm such as grooming and massaging your dog and others are more high energy and involve running and jumping. 

To be a suitable therapy dog handler, you need to be a calm and friendly person who is accepting of diversity. As with all volunteering roles this role is subject to enhanced DBS, 2 referees and interview.

Dog Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to join as a therapy dog, your dog must be over 8 months old and must reliably, on verbal cue or hand signal, be able to:

  • sit 
  • lie down
  • recall around moderate distractions
  • walk on a loose lead
  • wait for food
  • take treats gently
  • stay in place

Your dog must not:

  • toilet inside (still have accidents)
  • Jump up at people when on lead
  • Bark at people outside of the home
  • Bark at other dogs when on lead 
  • Show any aggression or excessive anxiety
  • Puppy bite 

Assessment and Training

To be accepted as a therapy dog volunteer you will need to attend an online selection assessment. During the assessment we will ask you to demonstrate via live zoom videoing the behaviours listed above as well as a full body head to toe inspection and demonstrate that your dog is happy to be groomed. After the practical assessment we will interview you to find about more about you and your suitability for the role. 

We will contact you via email within 72 hours with the outcome of the selection assessment. If you pass the selection assessment, we will arrange your enhanced DBS check and request two referees (1 professional, 1 personal). If the references and DBS check do not highlight any issues you will then formally be invited to join us as a therapy dog volunteer.

Before you begin active participation, you will be invited to visit and watch a session. You will also need to complete self guided virtual learning which takes around 1hour to complete, which you can do in your own time. 

Ready to apply?

If you wish to apply to join us as a therapy dog volunteer, please complete the initial enquiry form by clicking here.

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