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Children with Autism and Dogs for Good benefit from £60,000 grant from Oxfordshire Freemasons

Dogs for the Disabled - Wed, 2017-12-06 12:24

Forty Oxfordshire families with children with an autism diagnosis are set to benefit from a generous £60,000 grant from the Oxfordshire Freemasons. They are part of 150 children with autism who will benefit nationwide.

The grant, awarded to Dogs for Good, will be used over the course of three years and will go directly into the PAWS Family Dog workshops run by the charity. The workshops give advice and support to help families with a child with autism get the most out of their relationship with their family dog.

The series of three, one-day workshops use a combination of practical demonstrations, discussions, hands-on learning and course hand-outs to demonstrate the significant positive effect a well-trained dog can have on the behaviour and development of autistic children.

Oxford-based Alison Pearce, whose daughter has benefitted from the service said: At the first workshop, I was amazed by the many ways in which a pet dog could be trained to help an autistic child and how this would benefit my daughter.  I sat there thinking ‘this could be life-changing.’ It was also beneficial to meet and talk to other parents of children with autism.  I remember thinking ‘I’m not alone, these people really understand.’

“The help from Dogs for Good doesn’t just end after the course. We have continuing support and advice from the Dogs for Good team, and the help my daughter receives from her dog continues to increase.”

The grant from Oxfordshire Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.

Andrew Keech from Oxfordshire Freemasons said: “I’m very pleased we’re able to help Dogs for Good who do such wonderful work with autistic children and their families. Thanks to them, many hundreds of people have seen a huge improvement in their quality of life.”

Find out more about our Family Dog service.

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Year End Sportive

Jole Rider - Sun, 2017-11-26 11:42

Year End Sportive 

Your last ride this year!
A non-competitive cycle challenge - with 2 fully signposted courses

Sunday 31 December 2017
Westonbirt School, near Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8QG

 Route Options:
30 miles [48km] - the Christmas Payback
- relatively flat and easy going for the casual rider

50 miles [80km] - the New Year Payforward
- a mixture of flat and rolling hills for intermediate riders

Routes:
All our routes travel through some of the most beautiful Cotswold countryside.
Our routes avoid busy roads and use quiet lanes with very little traffic.
Additionally, our routes are scenic and a decent mix of hills and flat.
This is not just our opinion but the opinion of riders in our previous events.

Route Features: 
Fully signposted 
Fully stocked feed stations 

Venue Facilities:
Pre-ride mechanical support | Toilets and Showers | FREE parking at Event Venue

The Cotswolds is well known for its beautiful countryside, gentle wolds, with river valleys, water meadows, beech woods and sleepy limestone villages. For this ride we have laid out 2 especially lovely routes. 

Our policy for routing your ride means that we positively avoid main roads where we can and identify quiet country lanes with spectacular views. We also prefer to vary our routes, so no two rides with us are the same!

TO BOOK YOUR PLACE AND FURTHER EVENT INFORMATION
Selecting BOOK NOW will take you to the Event Page on the
British Cycling website, where you will find full event details and online registration.
To enter the event via British Cycling's online registration system,
you will need a British Cycling user account which is free to set up.

You can also enter on the day as long as there are still places.
For details of this select BOOK NOW.

Here is a list of frequently asked questions
about British Cycling's online registration system.

A minimum of £1 per rider will be donated to JOLE RIDER.  

The Organiser of this Event is Pireaus M3 in assocation with British Cycling.

 

WHAT DO PEOPLE SAY ABOUT OUR RIDES?

 THE ROUTES: rated at 92.2%

     A very pleasant and well thought out route
     Revealed the beauty of the Cotswolds
     Unlike many Sportives, avoided busy roads
     Good quiet roads, very little traffic
     Scenic and a decent mix of hills and flat
     The route took me to places I'd never have gone to otherwise

THE SIGNAGE: rated at 93.2%
     Best signed course I've ever been on
     Signage was top notch
     Brilliant to know I can trust the signage on your routes
     GPX files provided added confidence

THE FOOD: rated at 91.6%
     Loved the pie and beans at the end. First class pie!
     Best stocked feed stations ever!
     Free tea and coffee well received
     Really couldn't have been better!
     The best feed stations! Great munchies and lovely volunteers!

OVERALL EXPERIENCE: rated at 95.8%
     I've done a few Sportives - this was very well organised
     Fabulous welcome and assistance from marshalls
     First class; a wonderful, friendly event
     Spot on! Best organised Sportive!
     Excellent. Well organised and friendly
     Friendly staff, good venue

BUT - WE'VE HAD SOME NEGATIVE COMMENTS TOO:
     Hills not spread out enough over the route
     Potholes
     I do question how many people read the 14 page info sheet
 


  

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Dogs for the Disabled - Mon, 2017-11-13 16:41

Lisa and Thomas with assistance dog Vito, were VIP guests at the grand opening of Pets at Home inside Tesco Extra in Durham on Saturday 11th November.

The family officially opened the new store, before being invited to choose a selection of Pets at Home’s toys and treats for Vito.

Store manager Jill Allen, has been with Pets at Home for over two years, having previously worked at the Alnwick branch.

Jill said: “What a fantastic start!  Our opening weekend went even better than we had hoped and it was great to have Lisa, Thomas and Vito attend the launch and show them all the products we have on offer at the store.

“Our new store features thousands of dedicated pet products for not only local dogs and cats but small animals, fish and local wildlife too.”

All colleagues at the new store receive extensive training on pet care and pet knowledge which is endorsed by City & Guilds, providing a stamp of approval that demonstrates the value of its training. Colleagues at the Durham store are dedicated to providing the highest levels of customer service, and are trained to offer great pet care tips and product knowledge.

Dogs for Good volunteer, Lisa Dixon said “Thomas and I were really excited to be cutting the ribbon at the launch event for the brand new Durham Pets at Home store.  It gave us an opportunity to show our appreciation for all the fantastic support Pets at Home gives to Dogs for Good.

“Vito was also very excited to meet lots of new people, getting loads of fuss and sniffing out a few treats!”

Customers who attended the launch also enjoyed fun family activities such as face painting and a balloon modeller was on hand to make a variety of different animals.

The store which is located inside the Tesco Extra on Dragonville Industrial Estate includes a pet pharmacy which will provide a large range of health care products including supplements, first aid, dental care and flea and worms treatments.

The new store opening hours will be 8am-10pm Monday – Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sundays.

Founded in 1991, Pets at Home has more than 430 sites across the UK employing more than 6,000 people and is proud to have won The Sunday Times Top 25 Best Big Companies to Work For 2013.

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