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Support Services


Supported Dog Walking and Older Persons/Physical Disability Service

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Support Services


Supported Dog Walking and Older Persons/Physical Disability Service

Barks & Recreation provides a variety of services to support people and dog owners.

You can scroll down to read more about our services, which include:

- Supported Dog Walking

- Social Dog Walking

- Older Persons / Physical Disability Service

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Supported Dog Walking


from £7.50 per hour

Supported Dog Walking


from £7.50 per hour

Dog walking is a fun, relaxing and sociable way to keep fit.

A dog loves nothing more than a walk (except maybe playing, and being fussed, and sniffing things, and chasing things, and food) - but it can have great benefits to us humans too. You've never been more popular than when you're out walking a dog so it can be a great way to get to meet new people and to develop social skills. A walk in the park with a four legged friend can also be extremely therapeutic, making it a great way to improve people's mental wellbeing as well as their physical health.

Our supported dog schemes specialise in support for people who have a learning disability or an autistic spectrum disorder and support is provided by people who are trained and experienced in these areas.

Those attending the service are supported to walk the dogs we visit as part of our dog walking service. We have dogs to match all levels of mobility and confidence. For those who struggle to walk 60 minutes without a rest we can arrange for regular rest-stops or even stop at a local dog-friendly cafe.

All our dog walkers are risk assessed and matched only with dogs who are appropriate to their strengths and walking style. Our strict vetting process means that dogs with a history of threatening or aggressive behaviour are not walked as part of our supported dog walking scheme.

You can register for any of our supported dog walking services by completing our registration form.

For more information on the costs of attending Barks & Recreation please click here. People using the service often pay through support hours provided by social services, direct payments or their own finances.’

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Social Dog Walking


just £10 per person per hour

Social Dog Walking


just £10 per person per hour

Our social dog walking service pairs two people with similar interests and provides them with an opportunity to bond over a dog walk and build new friendships.

People attending our social dog walking service are supported to socialise and take turns in walking a dog through the park, down the canal or to and from a local cafe. Transport can be provided if required.

People are welcome to use our social dog walking service to make new friends, or attend with somebody they already know.

 

You can register for any of our supported services by completing our registration form.

For more information on the costs of attending Barks & Recreation please click here. People using the service often pay through support hours provided by social services, direct payments or their own finances.

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Older Persons / Physical Disability


OPEN MONDAY TO FRIDAY

Older Persons / Physical Disability


OPEN MONDAY TO FRIDAY

This service looks to provide all the support required for older people and those who have a physical disability to care for their dogs.

Our unique older person and physical disability service aims to improve dog welfare and prevent social isolation by helping people with reduced mobility to continue to care for their dogs.

Dogs make great companions, but looking after a four legged friend can also become difficult if you're unable to walk or clean-up after it.

This service aims to:

- Prevent social isolation by ensuring a dog can remain with its owner despite their owners reduced mobility.

- Ensure a dog is walked regularly, preventing issues with destructive or disruptive behaviour and toileting needs.

- Book and taxi a dog for appropriate dog grooming when required.

- Assist with making vet appointments for flea, worming, check-ups or if there is a concern for the dogs health.

- Deliver dog food, supplies and toys.

 

To register your interest in this service please get in touch.