Super Dogs for Adults
We work with vulnerable adults & young people in the Merseyside Community who have become socially isolated.
Some people may be struggling with issues such as mental health, addiction, homelessness, learning difficulties, autism, loneliness and unemployment.
Our super Dogs provide Animal Assisted Education to the people of Merseyside.
The Merseyside NHS Mental Health Trust and our Community Partners who include Homeless charities, Social Services and Vocational/Special Needs Colleges, refer participants to the Super Dogs Programme.
Each course is adapted and delivered to the needs of the group and follows the progress and rehabilitation of a lost and abandoned dog back to full mental and physical health. The learning journey continues until the dog is re-homed into a safe and loving environment.
The similarities between the participants own journey to recovery and that of the Super Dogs they work with on the course, is particularly striking. This shared empathy therefore encourages personal healing and development.
The immediate benefits reported by participants taking part and working directly with the Super Dogs include:
- Increased confidence & self-esteem
- A sense of purpose
- The ability to work in a team
- Developing better communication skills
- Self-management and care
- Improved employability prospects
- Advanced education opportunities
Since the Super Dogs Programme was first launched by Merseyside Dogs Home in 2016 over 120 participants have achieved their ASDAN qualification in Canine Management and taken the next step towards recovery with a greater sense of confidence and wellbeing.
Read about our rehabilitation work with the NHS Life Rooms here.
The Whitechapel Centre is the leading homeless and housing charity for the Liverpool region, read about our work with them here.
We also work with local Colleges, read more here.