Project information

Amazing Dogs, Transforming Lives

Canine Partners is a registered charity that is dedicated to helping transform the lives of disabled people through its amazing assistance dogs. Our dogs give our partners greater independence, a better quality of life and they are specially trained to meet individuals' needs and disability.

December 2016 - March 2018

Charity information: Canine Partners

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  • Need


    More than 1.2 million people in the UK use a wheelchair. Our aim is to help everyone whose lives could be transformed by our dogs, which includes people with even the most complex disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, MS, brittle bones, polio, arthritis, spina bifida, spinal injuries and amputees including members of HM Armed Forces. They are trained to help with everyday tasks such as opening and shutting doors, unloading the washing machine, picking up dropped items etc.


    Through the support of the Big Give Christmas Challenge it will fund the training for five assistance dogs from an 8 week old puppy to 15 months when they will be ready for advanced training. The dogs will then be matched with a disabled person so they can begin their work transforming lives. These life-transforming dogs provide practical, psychological and social benefits including increased independence and confidence as well as increased motivation and self-esteem.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Source and purchase five puppies to embark on the assistance dog training programme.


    » Recruit volunteers to be puppy parents for the 13 month training period where the puppy will live with them and attend weekly training sessions.

    What success will look like

    Five dogs trained and ready to attend the Advanced Training Course at one of our training centres either in West Sussex or the Midlands.

  • Impact


    We will provide more amazing dogs that support people like Jonathon Giemza-Pipe, a former Major in the Royal Artillery whose canine partner Toby has given him a new lease of life. He was injured whilst serving in Iraq in 2007, his life fell apart, but when partnered with Toby in 2014, everything changed for Jonathan. Becky Andrew’s life has also been transformed thanks to her canine partner Gino. “He has changed my life, his love, companionship, loyalty and devotion to me is amazing.


    The main risk is that the puppy does not pass through to the advanced training course. However the puppy training is monitored regularly and the puppy parents attend training classes to ensure they can seek additional advice and support to prevent this happening. On occasions the training will be extended. The dogs are specifically matched to meet a disabled person's needs so this in turn ensures the training is also adapted appropriately.


    By providing regular updates on the puppies' journeys, how they are doing and whether they have successfully moved onto Advanced training to be matched. This reporting will be via email, written reports and photographs.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £50,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 puppies purchase of 5 puppies and their equipment
      £13,000 welfare dog food, vet bills and insurance
      £4,000 kennels accomodation for dogs at training centre
      £12,200 training training with volunteer puppy parents and attendance at puppy classes
      £16,800 training advanced training at the centres

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Clive Richards £25,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The puppies will be placed throughout the UK to a specific volunteer Puppy Parent who will attend training at one of our 14 Puppy Training satellites.
    Our amazing dogs begin their training with one of these volunteers and we currently have 122 volunteer puppy parents based in all corners of the UK.


    We currently have more than 350 dogs working throughout the UK. Every single one of them helps a disabled person live a happier, more independent life.
    We aim to create 85 new partnerships a year, in the last 12 months we received more than 1,000 enquiries from people who would like one of our highly trained dogs.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our mission is to transform the lives of disabled people through partnership with our specially trained assistance dogs and aim to achieve this through our values which are excellence, respect, passion, teamwork, the personal touch and innovation. We always aim for the very highest standards. Since we began in 1990 we have created over 600 partnerships, and provided assistance dogs to those who will benefit from their everyday support.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Andy Cook, Chief Executive

    Overseeing the leadership and direction of the Charity

    David Bailey , Director Of Operations

    Manages the Operation Teams at both Training Centres which includes staff and volunteers

    Clive Murray, Director Of Finance

    Ensures that we manage and report on our finances in line with the Charity Commission.

    Anne Yendell, Director Of Fundraising

    Oversees the fundraising and marketing team to ensure we maximise all opportunities to secure funding and promote the work we do.

Amazing dogs. Transforming Lives.


£10,000 purchases and trains a puppy capable of transforming a disabled person's life.

To say Keith has transformed my life would be an understatement. He has changed my life from one of increasing solitude and confidence loss to a bright fun filled, enthusiastic and confident forward looking future.

Martin is a lecturer from West Sussex with a spinal injury. We helped transform his life with canine partner Keith.