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Community dog service

Lexi, the community dog

We have partnered with charity Dogs for Good, to launch a community dog service.

This will support the borough’s residents to increase their independence and improve their wellbeing.

Our community dog, Lexi, will be working with residents alongside her handler, Lucy, and a health or social care professional.

Lexi will 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 will be supported in many different ways, with the community dog service helping them to achieve goals through a tailored care plan that will improve their well-being and confidence in every day skills.

Examples of 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

For each person we support, the overall goal will be an improvement in their wellbeing and their quality of life, as well as increased independence.

To find out more about the role of a community dog in the community visit the Dogs for Good website.

Referrals to this service can be made 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.