Our latest statement
Updated statement at Monday 17 May 2021
Please be reassured that our highest priority continues to be the welfare and safety of our staff, volunteers, service users, dogs and donors. We remain committed to our charitable purpose and whilst we have no option but to slowly resume activities in the coming months in line with the Government’s road map, we will return to being fully operational as soon as it is safe to do so.
With effect from Monday 17 May:
- Teams will continue working from home wherever possible, however more staff members will be able to work in our offices where it is essential to do so in line with our Health and Safety guidelines
- All visits must continue to be arranged in advance
- Some volunteers will be able to join staff members at the Training Centres to support with essential activities, however this must be arranged in advance
- All Canine Partners fundraising events continue to be postponed until further notice
- Operational activities will gradually increase outdoors, including more opportunities for outdoor contact, one-to-one training and aftercare support
- The breeding programme continues at a reduced rate
- New applicant assessments in person continue at a reduced rate, with remote support
- Our Puppy, Advanced Training and Aftercare Teams will continue to carry out town and residential community work in quiet areas
- The Advanced Training Team will start to match applicants, with a focus on successor dogs
- Advanced training will continue at both our Training Centres, though still with reduced staff numbers and under Covid-19 secure protocols
- Onsite training courses with partnerships will resume as part of a new training model, including a mix of onsite and domiciliary training
- Home visits to partnerships and puppies will only be carried out where absolutely essential, and remote support will be provided in the first instance
- Rehoming of withdrawn dogs will restart
The decisions above are all in place until 21 June 2021, in line with the current Government timeframes. We remain confident that as we approach the summer we will be able to start increasing the impact we can deliver once again, but in the meantime we will continually review our activities and will respond to changes in the external environment and government restrictions as needed.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Please support our appeal this spring. A donation today will mean continued support for our partnerships in these most difficult times. And extra funds will help to train the amazing dogs of the future, so they are able to support their partner, whatever challenges may lie ahead. Thank you.
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