Pet Buddy Befriender

Volunteering you can do with your dog! Pet Connect is our exciting new project aimed at reducing loneliness and social isolation in Tameside. We need volunteers who have a dog to get involved, visiting people in their own homes on a regular basis.
Duration: Ongoing
When can volunteers volunteer? Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly
Availability:

This grid shows when you can volunteer for this organisation. E.G Monday morning.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Tasks the volunteer will be required to do:

Taking your dog to visit a person who may be experiencing loneliness or social isolation.
Chatting, having a brew, and developing a positive, therapeutic connection with the individual.
Potentially going for short dog walks with the individual.
Encouraging them to attend our animal-themed community cafe space, and potentially accompanying them there.

Skill and Qualifications Required:

Knowledge and experience of animal handling and temperament
Interpersonal skills
A caring and compassionate nature
Good listening skills
A DBS check will be required (we will facilitate this)

Areas of Interest: Animals, Health and wellbeing, Mental Health, Older people, Social care, Social Welfare
Opportunity suitable for: Long term commitment, Older people, Outdoor, People with a visual impairment, Short term commitment, Other
What activities will the volunteer do? Befriending
Skills gained in this role: Listening, Talking to others
Home based opportunity? Yes
DBS Check Required: Yes
Opportunity Accessibility: The volunteering location is not accessible

About the host organisation

Hosted by: Noah's ART
Organisation Profile: Noah’s A.R.T. is a progressive, innovative and therapeutic service developed by an experienced mental health nurse – Sharon Hall. Our goal is to utilise the human-animal bond to increase wellbeing. We have over 4 years experience visiting care homes, learning disability groups & NHS mental health wards with our therapy animals. We work with dogs, cats, rats, mice and rescue rabbits and guinea pigs. As well as our visiting service we run from the Together Centre @ Loxley House every Tuesday & Thursday. Here we provide a safe space to relax, have a cuppa & some cake, be creative doing arts and crafts and take part in fun activities with our animals!