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Experienced Dog Walking at various locations in St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath for Our Special Friends.

Description of the role:

Experienced Dog Walkers are needed or maybe feels they have the experinece of handling dogs that need extra attention. There is a particular need in Haverhill, Mildenhall and Sudbury. The clients are unable to walk their beloved pets and need our help. You could be part of a small team providing a walk for a variety of dogs. We only ask for a minimum committment of one walk a week, hopefully two, up to one hour a time. During the Covid-19 times we are managing the precautions, you really will be making a difference to soemone's life and their dog. Interviews will be done via Zoom

Opportunity Activities: Befriending and Buddying, Teaching, Training and Coaching
Availability required:


What skills are needed?

Experienced Dog Walker -
Possibly an experienced Trainer/Dog Handler - able to assess behaviour and recommend appropriate actions to enable dog to benefit from walks.
Good with people

What skills will be learned / gained?

Expanding knowledge and experiences - opportunity to be able to follow the case and see a real, difference and benefit

DBS Check Required: Yes
Driving Licence Required: No
Does this role have age restrictions?: Yes
Details of restriction:

To be able to do a DBS check and expectation of experience level

Mandatory training required for role: No
Extra information:

You will have the support of an OSF Assessor who will be dealing with the owners/clients. You will also be closely involved with the OSF team all presently working remotely, hoping to egt a new office base soon

About the Opportunity Host Organisation

Host Organisation: Our Special Friends
Organisation Profile:

Our Special Friends (OSF) helps individuals facing difficult times, perhaps through illness, relationship breakdown or bereavement, to continue to benefit from the companionship of animals and raises awareness of the benefits of the human-animal bond. Founded by Higham-based vet Belinda Johnston, OSF supports the vital relationships between vulnerable individuals and their animals, working alongside human and animal health practitioners and social care as needed. Its volunteers provide a range of services to individuals in need of support, including dog-walking and offer other forms of practical help to enable pets to stay with their owner. They also visit individuals unable to keep an animal with their own dogs, help with the introduction of a new pet and give support around pet bereavement.