Support Dogs was a runner up and won £500 Good Neighbour funding during our 2016 campaign.
What is Support Dogs?
Based in South Yorkshire and founded almost 24 years ago, Support Dogs trains specialist assistance dogs for children and adults affected by autism, epilepsy and disability. The dogs give up 50 minute advance warning to those affected by autism, provide safety and facilitation of a more socially integrated life for children with autism and bring independence to those with physical disability. The charity is seeking funding to support this work from their national training centre based in South Yorkshire. This is to fund the training and ongoing care and support (available 24/7 365 days a year) that is provided to all those families and individuals with a support dog. It takes up to two years to train a support dog and each client/dog partnership works for at least eight years.
Why should Support Dogs receive a donation from the Good Neighbour programme?
Support Dogs’ work is truly life changing and they have an incredible demand for it. They have received over 1,000 requests for help this year already but can only currently support approximately 80 families each year due to their limited financial resources. It costs up to £18,000 to train a support dogs over 2 years and then £2,000 a year to provide ongoing care and support during each year of an eight year partnership. The charity relies entirely on voluntary donations and is heavily underfunded in comparison to other assistance dog charities (their income is less than 1% of Guide Dogs for the Blind).
What could Support Dogs use the money for?
The money will be used for the training of future support dogs for families and individuals living in the North of England as well as providing vital ongoing support for those existing partnership, from their centre in South Yorkshire