Lesley Scott-Ordish (c) www.animal-photography.comThe concept of Therapy Dogs was originally devised by Lesley Scott-Ordish back in 1976 when she discovered the trauma experienced by the elderly if forced to give up a much-loved pet upon going into residential care. Lesley, using her own dogs to visit could immediately see the positive impact their presence was having on the emotional wellbeing of the residents. The therapeutic effects of patting a dog were impressive and with encouragement from the Royal College of Nursing, a network of volunteers with friendly dogs was set up.
Over the years this simple scheme as expanded to include establishments such as hospitals, schools, hospices and prisons.
With thousands of dogs regularly visiting, the use of AAT (Animal Assisted Therapy) has increased extensively over the years with more studies confirming the benefits of Therapy Dogs in multiple situations. As well as regular visits to these establishments, ‘TDN‘ is becoming increasingly involved in one off visits for stress busting and general wellbeing within large corporations.
We are regularly contacted by organisations who are taking part in Mental Health awareness programs and Staff Wellbeing initiatives and want to include Therapy Dogs Nationwide as part of their support networks.
We are currently working with several universities for student enrichment prior to exams.
Regrettably, for insurance purposes, we are not able to visit individuals in their own home/private residence.
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“Having the Therapy Dogs to visit was an amazing experience for the office!
It provided a really unique and invaluable opportunity for everyone to talk about and reflect on their mental health in a friendly, relaxed environment.
The dogs were so well-behaved and friendly and happy for a cuddle, and the volunteers were really accommodating and put everyone at ease.
Couldn’t recommend it enough!”
Rolls Royce PLC
“We were only too pleased to work in partnership with Therapy Dogs Nationwide to support our client Everyone Active to deliver its “Stress Awareness Day” activity on November 7th.
The Charity was wonderfully helpful and accommodating and the volunteers and their dogs were marvellous. You just sensed everyone is completely genuine, their commitment to their work is 100% and their joy at making a difference to people’s day is evident.
Meeting the volunteers and hearing about the extent of their work was humbling; they take a little magic wherever they go, and we thoroughly enjoyed working with them.
I’d definitely like to do more projects with Therapy Dogs Nationwide and would recommend them to other PR’s and marketing teams looking to add a special something to their campaigns.”
“Therapy Dogs Nationwide joined Wellcome Trust at their offices in London on October 2018 for a popular and interactive staff and volunteer event to raise awareness of the wellbeing benefits of human-companion animal interactions.
Wellcome is a global charitable foundation, both politically and financially independent that supports scientists and researchers, takes on big problems, fuels imaginations, and sparks debate.”