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In 2004 we became the first charity in the UK to train assistance dogs for children with physical disabilities.

Assistance dogs can help build a level of independence and confidence in children by helping with practical tasks, such as:

  • Retrieving dropped items
  • Opening and closing doors
  • Helping with dressing and undressing
  • Helping with physiotherapy routines

The dog also offers unconditional love, becoming a friend who is always there for them, and a positive focus for the whole family as you can see in from the assistance dogs in this video, .

A recognised assistance dog provides an extension of the person’s abilities, and is allowed by law to accompany their partner into public places such as shops, restaurants and also to travel on public transport.

Download the information guide to find out more

How to apply

We are not currently taking any applications for our children’s assistance dog service.  Please check the website regularly for updates.

If you have any queries then please look at our frequently asked questions.