Help families celebrate a different kind of Christmas.

Help families celebrate a different kind of Christmas.

Christmas can be an overwhelming time of year for autistic children. Sudden changes to routine, sensory overload, pressure to socialise and receiving presents can make children feel intense anxiety.

Many families feel isolated, unable to enjoy Christmas traditions and connect with family and friends. As you can imagine, this can be tough at any time of the year, but Christmas can be especially difficult.

We know that spending time with a dog, whether they are a family pet or a trained assistance dog, can make a huge difference to a family's day to day life. That’s why we’ve launched our Winter Appeal; because we want to help more autistic children and their families.

We are so excited to announce that this year’s Winter Appeal will be supported by our generous partner MORE THAN insurance, who are matching every donation made until December 31st 2023, up to a total of £45,000.

So, if you are able to give a gift to our Winter Appeal, your support could be worth even more and help us connect more children and their families with dogs, opening up their world to new possibilities.

Boy With Dog

Samira adopted adorable Bo Bo from a rescue centre after researching how a dog could bring positivity to her family – in particular her son Alex, who is autistic.

She took part in our Family Dog workshops, which are specifically tailored for parents of autistic children who want to explore how a relationship with a dog can help their child.

Dogs for Good were the only ones who listened and said ‘yes, we can help’. The workshops were so valuable, so inclusive and so supportive. You are part of a community of parents with similar challenges to you. The Instructors are always on hand to help with any problems and their knowledge of autism and dog behaviour is second to none.

Thanks to his relationship with Bo Bo, Alex has started walking and talking. “He wants to walk because he wants to take Bo Bo for walks and his first steps were the most incredible thing I’ve ever witnessed! Their bond has deepened so much… it’s beautiful.”

Family With Dog

Through our unique approach and variety of services, we can help thousands of people every year.

The charity is 100% funded by donations from generous supporters like you. We cannot continue this vital work, changing families’ lives, without your help.

Your donation will go even further this Christmas, thanks to this unique opportunity to have your donation matched by MORE THAN insurance. If you give £25 today, it will be matched so your gift is worth £50 at no extra cost to you. But we must receive your gift to our Winter Appeal before the 31st December 2023 for it to be eligible.

Thank you.