Community dog service
We have a community dog service that we provide in partnership with charity Dogs for Good.
This supports our residents to increase their independence and improve their wellbeing.
We have 2 community dogs, Ned and Lexi, who work with residents alongside their handler Lucy, and a health or social care professional.
Ned and Lexi support both children and adults with a range of needs - from those with a learning disability, autism or dementia to people with mental health conditions, physical disabilities or sensory needs.
Individuals are supported in many different ways, with the community dog service helping them to achieve goals through tailored sessions that will improve their wellbeing and confidence in every day skills. Sessions are also designed to help to overcome specific challenges and develop new life skills.
Examples of specific goals residents have achieved through working with a community dog are:
- improving confidence and self-esteem
- increasing independence
- reducing anxieties
- providing reassurance so that medical procedures can be carried out
- encouraging communication and engagement
- building relationships
- increasing activity levels
- managing challenging behaviour
- improving road safety
For each person we support, the overall aims are:
- an improvement in wellbeing
- an improvement in quality of life
- achievement of specific goals
- to have engaged in a positive experience
To find out more about the role of a community dog in the community visit the Dogs for Good website.
Referrals to this service are through health and social care workers such as an occupational therapist, social worker or mental health worker. If you are a Bracknell Forest resident and are interested in accessing the service, please speak with the professional you are working with about the referral process.
If you are a professional, you can use our online form to request access to the service.