Dogs for Good makes life-changing differences for people with disabilities, working to support people and communities through the help of a trained dog improving and enriching the lives of both.
The charity currently offers three specific services:
- Assistance Dog - Matching trained dogs with adults and children with a range of disabilities, and children with autism.
- Community Dog - Training activity and therapy dogs to work with specialist handlers in communities and schools.
- Family Dog - The team gives specialist advice and support to help families with a child with autism get the most out of their relationship with their pet dog.
Dogs for Good does not receive any government support.
The role of the Registered Speaker is to support the Charity by acting as an ambassador. Registered Speakers spread the word to groups and organisations in their local area, following guidelines and principles set by the Charity.
This is an important role as often it is the first time that people will have heard about the wonderful work the dogs do and how they change the lives of adults and children with physical disabilities, and families with children with autism.
As well as promoting the Charity, Speakers also help raise much needed funds and encourage others to do the same. Registered Speakers give as much or as little time as they choose to fit in with their own lifestyles. There is no set quota or target – every talk given is a bonus for the Charity – but a good ‘rule of thumb’ is to be able to undertake at least one talk each month.
Talk requests passed to a Speaker will be within an agreed geographical area and the Speaker will confirm they are able to undertake the talk with the Community Fundraiser who organises them on behalf of the various groups. Speakers are also encouraged to promote and organise their own talks with advertising materials provided by the Charity.
Training provided, with any necessary materials and ongoing support while Speakers deliver the talk, help spread the Dogs for Good message and take the applause!
Due to Covid, all in-person talks paused and transferred
to Zoom talks. However, there may be a return to in-person talks once
it’s safe to do so.
- Someone who likes to connect with groups/audiences - audience sizes can range from 10 - 100 people, and who feels confident to stand in front of an audience and give a talk.
- To be an enthusiastic and confident speaker with an ability to inspire people from all walks of life.
- To be comfortable speaking to different size and type of Groups about the work of Dogs for Good i.e. cubs/brownies, WI's, Rotary, Masonic Lodges, etc.
- To look after any charity materials provided.
- Age restrictions
The Speaker role is open to anyone over the age of 18 yrs and are compatible to the criteria.
- DBS check required
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
Usually the host group is asked to cover travel expenses. As part of the "preferences agreed" with any Speaker, many are happy to cover certain distances and not claim reimbursement.
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Training provided
Speaker Training Workshop and refresher training offered
- Volunteer induction
"buddy" up new speakers with established speakers, offered.
- Volunteer Policy
The charity have specific guidelines that all Speakers must adhere to as they will be ambassadors out in the community.
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Each Speaker will be asked what their preferences are (timing, availability, type of group, etc) they want to be considered for any requests that come through. Bookings are not made until it is known the speaker is happy to attend on the charity's behalf. There is no pressure from the charity, or targets set that the Speaker needs to have "X" amount of talks completed within a specific time. The Speaker is always given the option to decline the invitation to attend a talk request.
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