As many of you know, Bale’s Buddies Therapy Dogs, a not-for-profit organisation, was first established in 2016 after identifying a need for animal assisted therapy to support vulnerable people across Devon. We want to go back to our roots of helping the community by providing animal assisted therapeutic support after seeing the positive impacts therapy dogs have including decreases in anxieties, communication building, independence, self-harming decreases, etc. We want to provide the whole of our community with the same therapeutic support and as a result, we have founded a new support service, Bale’s Buddies Therapy Dogs Community Outreach.
Our aim is to utilise our 5 community dogs: Bale, Grace, Arthur, Mabel, and Bertie. Each dog has been trained and accredited as a Therapy Assistance dog; however, each have their own individual roles depending on the situation. For example, Grace is our emotional support dog, who’s main skill is providing deep pressure therapy, reducing anxieties, and providing relaxation. With the community outreach, we will take our community dogs into various settings, dealing with mental health issues, additional needs, elderly, and vulnerable people as well as help individuals who need emotional support. Settings include hospitals, nursing homes, libraries, schools, doctors, outdoor provisions, community centres, and many more organisations and establishments across Devon. The bespoke animal assisted therapy sessions are based around the needs and abilities of the client and can be adapted to suit many needs, maximising the desired outcome.
People will be able to book sessions for our different services including (but not limited to) - emotional support, attending appointments, therapy sessions, hospital visits etc. For more information on our new community outreach, please visit: www.Balesbuddies.org/community-outreach
We want to invite you along to our free information event where you can find out about our new support service. The event will be open to individuals within the community as well as local businesses, to view and talk about our services (deep pressure therapy, appointment attendance, residential home visits, etc.), sponsorship opportunities and provide the opportunity to book therapy sessions. We want to highlight the options and services available to individuals and groups whilst showcasing our wonderful community dogs and their abilities, beginning building that all important relationship. Businesses will be able to discuss sponsorship opportunities as well as the benefits scheme we have in place. Cakes and coffees will be for sale alongside a raffle and ‘Win a Trip’ with all proceeds going towards the community outreach project. If you are interested, please book a time slot here: https://bit.ly/3vSpZ1c
Information day event: Where and when? The Buckland Centre, Gilbert Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 4HS Thursday 7th July 2022, 11:00 – 15:00 BST
We have been so excited to share this news and look forward to being able to get out in the community to provide animal assisted therapeutic support very soon! Keep following us on this page as we announce more on our new community outreach in the future and please don’t forget to share!