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Providing training for Basic, Assistance and Therapy dogs all round the UK.
We support you train your very own Assistance dog. With weekly classes to attend, we teach dog owners to train their own dogs to become Fully Trained Assistance Dogs!
We are about dog training but we also provide people with social activities and a mental health drop in to support you and your family with other needs as well.
Oliver's Army is a charitable organization and our amazing team of volunteers are committed to helping others. One of the most valuable things you can offer someone is a listening ear. People affected by mental health often feel isolated and unable to access help. Our volunteers are there to help. We provide a drop in service where people can get a nice cup of tea and get help to find the correct support needed.
Oliver's Army Assistance Dogs support children and adults living with a range of conditions from autism, ADHD and learning difficulties to physical disability, visual impairment and PTSD by providing assistance and therapy dogs.
We are all about the dog training but we also provide families with social activities and a vital support network.
Co Founder Joanne Roberston is Mum of six and Gran to 13. The name Oliver’s Army is inspired by her son Ollie who is autistic and how his relationship with his own assistance dog Buddy impacted his daily life. This inspired Jo to help other families.
Also, Oliver the Labrador, an assistance-dog-in-training, who sadly developed a brain tumour at just 14 months old sadly passed. Oliver was owned and trained by Co Founder, Christine Meaney, and her granddaughter, Caris, who came up with the idea to use the name Oliver's Army.
Oliver's Army Assistance and Therapy Dogs is a Registered Charitable organization!
We focus on making the maximum positive effort for our community; helping those with mental and physical conditions and supporting them for a better life.
Our members and volunteers provide the momentum that helps us to make these changes.
Our Head Office is based at our training centre in Fife and our Head Trainers, Tina Meaney and David Campbell, are based at The Animal Behaviour Centre in Cheshire. This allows us, between both centres, to help support families throughout the whole of the UK.
Oliver was generously gifted to Oliver's Army Assistance and Therapy Dogs by Jo's Puppies. On 26th June 2022, Oliver was officially handed over from Joanne Robertson to Oliver's Army Assistance and Therapy Dogs. Oliver is going to be homed with another charity to train as a Therapy Dogs to help hundreds of families.
We can now formally announce Oliver the puppy will be going to the charity HOPE!
HOPE provides bereavement support to anyone who has suffered a traumatic loss though fire, RTC or drowning. The nature of this support depends on the individual and their needs. This support may be welcoming you to a peer support group, where you can talk to others who have been through similar traumas and get reassurance and help from them. HOPE support's children and adults of all ages and from all backgrounds.
We look forward to meeting you all in a couple of weeks and formally handing over Oliver to HOPE.
We believe Oliver will give your families comfort and a little bit of joy with all they have gone through.
Hope are currently designing a special page for Oliver on their website https://www.hope-sy.org.uk/ so everyone can see what Oliver has been up to and his progress at Hope.
We wish you all the best!
We have been nominated by Pets at Home, Dunfermline to be pat of the Pets at Home Foundation this year!
Each year all the branches pick a charity they wish to support in their area through the Community Partner Programme.
The Pets at Home Foundation is Pets at Home’s Charity. They exist to create a better world for pets and the people who love them.
The team of pet-loving colleagues, trustees and customer donators are all dedicated to making a real difference by:
• Supporting those in need through the grant programme
• Finding rescue pets a forever, loving home
• Building and supporting happy, healthy relationships between pets and the people who love them
• Working with partners to make a positive impact within local communities
We are very greatful to announce they have choosen Oliver's Army Assistance and Therapy Dogs to support this year.
We look forward to what this year may bring and working closely as partners with Pets at Home, Dunfermline.
Thank you for all your support!
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and continue training our dogs to the highest level. To continue having a safe space for people to come and get help and to maintain and improve our training conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission to help people's well-being.
We are looking for volunteer trainers from all over the UK, that use Kennel Club methods to join our team!
We have requests from all over the UK for trainers to support handlers and their dogs.
If you are interested and would like to join our team, please fill out your details below and attach your CV or trainers qualifications and we will get back to you.
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