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Enabling Assistance - Intensive Courses
We currently train assistance dogs in owner's own homes. This pilot will look to develop a series of Intensive Residential Workshops where outcomes can be achieved over a number of one week courses spanning a 6-18 month period depending on individual progress.
Charity information: Dog A.I.D. (Assistance In Disability)
Access to assistance dog training opportunities for people with physical disabilities living in disparate / rural communities with limited access to traditional training provided by the charity (ie a trainer living within a 'reasonable' travelling distance of their home.)
Residential courses will enable a number of people with disabilities facing this problem to benefit from assistance dog training and also access a peer-to-peer support network by befriending similar individuals in the same trainee cohort (alongside other support networks offered by the charity).
Access to Assistance Dog training for those unable to benefit from current opportunities
Activities» A series of residential workshops offered in a central location
What success will look like
Assistance Dog training (3-stages) successfully completed leading to Accredited status.
Development of a peer support network for those living in remote locations
Activities» Each residential training cohort will be encouraged to develop their own support network and relationships
What success will look like
Participants will report improved psycho-social outcomes and increased resilience, which will be monitored throughout. Measurement by Lickert-style questionnaires.
As previously indicated, the challenge involves access to local training opportunities for people with disabilities to benefit from fully accredited Assistance Dog training regimes. Successful outcomes will involve the achievement of Accredited AD status, the development of psycho-social support networks, improved well-being measure (including resilience) and an ability to participate in their own local communities and the benefits that this will include.
Finding an appropriate venue which has access to appropriate training facilities, either on-site or within easy reach.
Whilst not a 'risk' the likelihood is that we will ultimately need to develop a dedicated training and residential facility in order to deliver the service, which will involve a Capital Appeal.
Regular feedback and attendance to workshops will provide feedback. In addition it is anticipated that the approach will form the basis of a research paper for the Assistance Dog training community and feature within a planned PhD Research Project, which will be published in due course.
Budget - Project Cost: £10,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £4,000 Accomodation / Subsistence Appropriate, fully accessible accomodation to meet specific needs of life-limited people and trainer £2,000 Training Venue Fully accessible training and associated facilities to meet specific needs £2,500 Trainers / Assessors Course Delivery £1,500 Admin / Course Material FOr Course Delivery and ancilliary costs
A suitable venue is in the course of being scoped within the Central England belt to enable benefit from extensive transportation networks.
Dog A.I.D. has clients across the UK and therefore we are not restricted to a defined geographic area, however, proximity to charities Head Office (Shropshire) and largest trainer population would be advantageous in terms of time and financial sustainability going forward.
People in need of Assistance Dog training who are unable to access our 'usual' method of service delivery because of their location when measured against local trainer availability.
The charity offers a unique, bespoke training solution and is accredited with / aligned to Assistance Dogs UK, Assistance Dogs (Europe) and Assistance Dogs International.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Chair of Charity and Training Lead (over 50 years experience) - also on board of aligned organisations