In response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we are continuing to monitor the situation closely, reviewing developments and the latest government and health authority’s advice.
Following the government’s on-going restrictions and advice, the following actions remain in place to protect the wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, dogs, and partners:
In these unprecedented times the health and wellbeing of both people, dogs, volunteers, supporters is at the heart of all we do at Assistance Dogs Northern Ireland. The care of our partners, dogs, volunteers, staff, and supporters is our top priority.
We are fully committed to continuing to work with everyone involved with Assistance Dogs Northern throughout these rapidly changing times.
We have now temporarily suspended our Dog Training classes and the team is now working remotely.
All dogs in who are ready to be matched with potential families will stay with volunteers and staff.
Volunteers will continue training our dogs, they are provided with regular support via telephone and virtual telephone calls.
All home assessment visits are temporarily suspended.
Aftercare support will also be provided via e-mails, telephone and virtual calls.
We appreciate this a very concerning and unsettling time and we will continue to do everything we can to support our partners, volunteers, teams and dogs, whilst urging everyone to follow the new government measures. We will keep these arrangements under constant review.
As Assistance Dogs Northern Ireland approaches our 10th Birthday in January 2021. We are aware that there will be many challenges ahead for our charity. However, we will remain passionate and committed by ensuring that we can continue to provide our ‘Life Changing Assistance Dogs.’
Please continue to follow the public health advice to help prevent coronavirus spreading.