A large part of our charity work revolves around Burns By Your Side. We are proud to have developed a programme that uses trained volunteers and companion dogs to help children improve their literacy, communication and confidence skills. The programme is already well established in West Wales and in time we hope to branch out to other parts of the UK.
Reading to a dog helps a child to increase their feelings of well-being through reading or just by being around a trained dog. In addition to the main programme, we are developing training for schoolchildren on how to respect, care and be safe around companion animals.
The scheme has achieved great momentum in its first year and we are already affiliated with the Kennel Club Bark and Read Foundation. More recently, we were invited to become the first UK participants for the US based R.E.A.D association which has thousands of volunteer teams working all across the USA.
We are currently recruiting volunteers in Carmarthen, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire and welcome Welsh speaking volunteers. For more information about how you and your companion dog could become a volunteer assistance team, or if you’re interested in the scheme taking place at your school, please visit our dedicated Burns By Your Side website.