England, United Kingdom
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Job description

We are looking for a volunteer and their dog to attend a supported living home with a complex service user with autism and mental health issues.

The service user loves animals, especially dogs and his long-term goal is to get his own dog one day so he needs to get some practice in before then!

We need a volunteer and their dog to help the service user prepare to be a good owner by going for walks, petting and playing together, learning how dogs interact with other dogs and how to keep dogs happy and healthy.


Key Tasks/Activities:

  • Providing companionship and regular interaction with you and your dog for the service user.
  • Going for walks in the local community/parks.
  • Playing and petting the dog – the service user loves to cuddle and stroke animals (sensory gratification).
  • Helping to teach the service user how to keep dogs happy and healthy and recognise that a dog is a big responsibility.


Personal Attributes:

  • Preferably have experience, professional or personal, with adults with autism and mental health issues.
  • Smiley, kind and soft spoken.
  • Being able to keep professional boundaries and stick to guidelines and risk assessments.
  • Discretion and ability to keep information confidential.
  • Ability to adhere to Centre 404’s mission statement and values, and use a person centred based approach when working with others.
  • Smaller dogs preferable.


Required Training

  • Induction to Centre 404 and Housing Induction.
  • Adult Safeguard Training.
  • First Aid Training + PBS (Positive Behaviour Support) *subject to availability*.
  • Service User Specific Induction (provided by the project manager).


The recruitment of all volunteer placements adhere to Centre 404’s equal opportunities policy. All volunteers are required to complete a DBS check as our building acts as a centre for children. All volunteer placements are also subject to references.

Additional documents
Dog Volunteer (.pdf)
Volunteering Benefits (.pdf)
Dog Volunteer (.pdf)
More about Centre 404
Centre 404

Centre 404 is a charity that offers friendly, reliable and person centred support to people with a learning disability and their families ... Read more

Posted on: 21 February 2020
Closing date: 21 May 2020
Tags: Advice, Information, Support Worker

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