Our Special Friends

Our Special Friends

Charity information

Our Special Friends

The benefits of animal companionship on human wellbeing have been proved by countless studies and, for many people, their pet is a vital companion, providing friendship, security and continuity, especially at challenging times.

Our Special Friends is a young charity which aims to support human-animal relationships - and to enable them to continue despite changes in circumstance if possible

Founded 2014

  • Mission statement

    Our Vision
    Our vision is of a society which recognises the vital role that companion animals play in the lives and wellbeing of people.

    The aim of OSF is to help people to benefit from the companionship of animals, and provide emotional support to individuals during difficult times. People and their pets enjoy an excellent partnership when the welfare needs of both are addressed side by side, and OSF spans the divide between human and animal care, bridging a gap in existing service provision.

    In a social and economic climate characterised by an ageing population where social and support services are stretched, OSF provides a life-line for vulnerable people and their pets. New evidence gives a conservative estimate that companion animals save the NHS £2. 45 Billion annually due to reduced doctor visits amongst other variables. We are putting proven research into practice and our evidence-based approach is important when the public purse is shrinking.

    OSF are there to help anyone who is in need of support – there are no age barriers. Although our work often involves the elderly, the network of those we support covers individuals from every age group. The charity often supports individuals who find themselves homeless, those fleeing domestic abuse, individuals with physical and mental ill health, and individuals struggling with bereavement.

  • Aims

    Our Special Friends aims to:

    • To help people at a vulnerable time in their lives to benefit from the companionship of animals through the provision of practical and emotional support.
    • To increase the awareness and understanding of the benefits of the human-companion animal relationship and the impact of bereavement.
    • To facilitate the effective collaboration between human and companion animal organisations and support networks.
  • Overview

    Established: April 2014

    Registered Charity Number: 1156778

    Board members: 4

    Part time staff: 1

    Volunteers: 65

    Phone number: 01284247077

    Address: West End House, Upper Green, Higham IP28 6PA

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