Sponsored Dog Walk
FOR RECOVERY ASSISTANCE DOGS
SATURDAY 21 APRIL 2018
MEETING AT CLOCKTOWER, LEICESTER CITY CENTRE AT 11AM.
Students from Childcare, Health, Social Care & Science will be partaking in a Sponsored Dog Walk between their Campuses. All proceeds will be given to RECOVERY Assistance Dogs.
PLEASE SPONSOR A STUDENT TO ENABLE THESE DIVINE DOGS TO MAKE SURE THAT SURVIVORS RECOVER FROM MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES.
RAD Dogs Delighted to be Nominated for an Animal Star Award 2018
CATEGORY - UK ANIMAL CHARITY OF THE YEAR
The charity started in July 2004. Liz Maitland, Executive Director, was one of the founder members. It was started because Liz and others had suffered the trauma of being forced on drugs and in hospital against their will and they wanted to stop the force and fear. Originally 14 people, most of whom were Survivors of Mental Health, started up a Mind group in Oakham, Rutland. In 2008 we took the working name RECOVERY and became a Charity in our own right. Every Saturday we campaign for people to have basic human rights of choice and control in their lives for Mental Health treatment. Eventually the wider public started to listen to us.
In 2011 we started the RECOVERY Assistance Dogs programme. The idea came from Mimi (Liz’s Mother’s black and white cocker spaniel) as Liz’s mother refused to go anywhere without the dog so we used to say that it was in training for Mental Health support. Everyone was so passionate and supportive about this project that it couldn’t fail and it continues to grow and flourish today. In 2015 we changed the full name of the charity to RECOVERY Assistance Dogs. It’s working name is still RECOVERY. I am sure you will find it a miraculous, avant-garde improvement in Survivors’ lives.
In the Induction clients learn some tips about training their dog for the level 1 Assessment from a top Dog Trainer. This is all about training for obedience so that the dog will sit still for long periods of time, walk on a loose lead, not jump up, focus on the client, come when called, not mind loud noises and stay close when the lead is dropped. We encourage people to find a local Dog Training Club that will help them get through the GCKC (Good Citizen Kennel Club) Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. Dogs need to have passed these Awards to graduate.
Level 2 training usually takes place 1-to-1 in their own home. RAD will come to assess how their dog can be trained in ‘Skilled Assistance’ - three ways to help with symptoms. This might include teaching the dog to bark on cue, touching with paw or nose for reassurance, reminders or just to help being in the moment. Level 3 is a recognition that dogs can help with a type of meditation called Centering Therapy to help in recovery.
Clients do not have to pay for anything unless they want to give a donation. RECOVERY Assistance Dogs needs to be sustainable. We encourage clients and the wider public to get involved with fundraising and/or Sponsorship of dogs.
RECOVERY has a database of over 350 prospective Clients & 118 current clients that are engaging with our services to have their dog trained. We have over 30 teams of Owners with a RAD Dog & Vis Jacket. The success of the Mission of RAD Dogs lies in the fact that last year all those 118 Clients managed to keep out of Hospital.
Leicester Dog Show
Saturday 18 AUGUST 2018
Leicester Racecourse Oadby
Event Open to public: 9:30am
· RECOVERY Assistance Dogs for Mental Health - 10.30am
· Dog and Duck Trial Demo - 11am
· Dog Groomer Master Class - 11.30am
· Nuneaton Dog Display Team - 12 noon
· Guild Dog Fun - 12.35pm
· RECOVERY Assistance Dogs for Mental Health - 1pm
· Dog and Duck Demo - 1.30pm
· Dog Groomer Master Class - 2pm
· Nuneaton Dog Display Team - 2.30pm
· Guild Dogs Fun - 3.05pm
BEST DOG IN SHOW - 3.35pm
SHOW ENDS - 4pm