Shropshire based Dog Assistance In Disability receives £9,984 from the Big Lottery Fund

February 2014: The new year started well for Shrewsbury based Dog Assistance in Disability (Dog A.I.D.) with a grant from the Big Lottery fund to recruit additional staff.

The Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme offers grants between £300 and £10,000 to projects that address the issues, needs and aspirations of local communities.

Thanks to a bonus of £9,984, Dog A.I.D., who help people with disabilities train their pet dog to assistance dog level, has the funding to recruit two new members of staff.  This will provide the team with additional administration support, which is vital to ensure efficiency and meet the increased demand for its services.

Helen Jaundrell from Shrewsbury has taken on the role as Project Coordinator for Dog A.I.D.  She has experience as a Business Improvement Consultant for a global company, as well as spending time with the National Trust as a Campaign Coordinator working with volunteers and organising recruitment campaigns.

Helen comments, “Working for Dog A.I.D. is not just a job, it’s a chance for me to be part of a worthwhile charity that makes such a difference to the lives of people with disabilities.”
Local resident and Chair of Dog A.I.D. Sandra Fraser comments, "We are delighted to receive a grant from The Big Lottery Fund and feel it is just the boost we need to support growth.  Helen is a valuable asset to the team and we are still looking for an Office Manager to take on part-time administration duties.  We are always looking for members of the local community who have free time to help us by volunteering or fundraising, so please get in touch if you feel you can help."
 
Dog A.I.D. was established in the 1990’s and there are currently 37 fully qualified dogs throughout the country.  Training takes from 18 months to two years with both dog and owner receiving specialist education from a network of trainers based around the country.  The dog owner is given all the tools required to constantly reinforce training methods learnt and also continue to teach their dog new commands and tasks independently.

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