Our trained community dogs work alongside a professional handler with adults with autism and learning disabilities, helping them to develop life skills and enjoy full and active lives in the community.

The handler and dog work with an adult over a number of structured sessions to help them achieve specific goals. The goals can be very varied and may include helping with:

  • Anxiety
  • Social interaction
  • Self care
  • Independence
  • Health – improving exercise , diet
  • Give the client a feeling of wellbeing, companionship and joy

For more information download our Community Dog leaflet.

Working with adults with autism

We work with adults with autism in partnership with Kingwood. Find out more.

Working with adults with learning disabilities

We work with adults with learning disabilities in partnership with Style Acre. Find out more.

Working with Bracknell Forest Council

Dogs for Good has partnered with Bracknell Forest Council to launch a social care partnership – the first of its kind in the UK. The partnership will provide animal assisted intervention (AAI) support to both adults and children with a range of needs, such as those with physical disabilities, sensory needs or mental health conditions, as well as supporting people with a learning disability, autism or dementia. Read more about this partnership.

Working with adults with spinal injuries

Dogs for Good assistance dog with patients

Stoke Mandeville Dogs for Good project Therapy Dog Danny, handler Iris Smolkovic, occupational therapist Alicia Hing, patient Charlotte Simcock

Community Dog Handler Iris and community dog Danny worked with patients at the National Spinal Injuries Centre (NSIC) at Stoke Mandeville Hospital on a pioneering new scheme to see how dogs can aid rehabilitation. Find out more about this pilot.

Interested in working with us?

We’re keen to talk to prospective partners who share our values and are interested in exploring the potential of Animal Assisted Intervention to help the people they support.

If you’d like to discuss potential opportunities with us, please tell us a bit more about your organisation, the people you support and your ideas, by completing this enquiry form.

Please note that the day to day operational costs of our Community Dog service are met by our partners and this forms part of our developing social enterprise activities.