Hereward College was the venue for an unusual group of learners this weekend – over 20 guests from the Charity Dog Aid were accompanied by their canine companions. Staying at Hereward for a long weekend the group enjoyed the superb new specialist facilities and accommodation in The Lodge and also had an opportunity to swap experiences during breaks from the intensive training. The diligent dogs arrived in Coventry to receive specialist training to supports their disabled owners in every-day tasks, and eventually become qualified Assistance Dogs. The training included a range of tasks from emptying the washing machine, to carrying small shopping items and transforms the pet from “man’s best friend” to an indispensable independent living aid.
Dog Aid Chair, Sandra Fraser said: “The facilities at Hereward were second to none, and the dogs have certainly progressed well all learning a range of new skills which they employ immediately to support their owners in independent living.”
Jon Clugston, Vice Principal added: “We are delighted to work with Dog Aid, and see Hereward supporting so many disabled individuals and their wonderful pets. The work done by this charity is incredible, and it was an amazing opportunity for us to see the training in action.”
Meanwhile Hereward is keen to welcome groups to The Lodge for residential and day activities and is open for those with and without disabilities. If you would like to find out more about this service contact Alice Davey, Business Development Manager at Hereward on 024 7642 6141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hereward College is a national, specialist, residential college of further education located in Tile Hill Lane, Coventry. The college welcomes all learners including those with special needs such as physical disabilities, communication disorders and learning difficulties. In addition to the 100+ residential learners, day disabled and non-disabled learners also attend the college. www.hereward.ac.uk
Dog Aid is a registered charity formed in 1992, that aims to empower the less able; by supplying the pet dog owner with a trainer to help give them the knowledge and skills to turn their pet dog into a qualified Assistance Dog. Dog A.I.D. is accredited by the National and International umbrella groups which uphold the high standards required for Assistance Dog training.