During Volunteers’ Week we’re taking the time to shine a light on the volunteers who power the third sector across Aberdeen and the North-east.
Today we turn our attention to the volunteers behind Therapet.
“The volunteers at Therapet are invaluable because of the joy they bring into people’s lives by giving up their time and taking their registered Therapets to visit people in various stages of life and in various locations. We have around 200 dogs and volunteers working in the City and Shire.” - Diane Wood, Trustee and Area Representative for Aberdeenshire North, Therapet.
The Therapet team works with NHS Grampian "any ward that requests a Therapet will be given one, we are in nearly every nursing home in the City and Shire, our volunteers work in schools as part of a Reading with Dogs Scheme to gain reading confidence with both primary and secondary school children, they are in the prison and in the hospice – we do one to one visits with people who are in their own homes, we also work with various universities to deliver PAWS against Stress sessions during exam times and also for students starting university – the team are committed and their wonderful Therapets are the stars of the show."
Most recently Therapet began working with Aberdeen International Airport where a team of 14 volunteers have formed 'Canine Crew' the UK's first airport therapy dog team.
The volunteers and pets from Therapet, PAWtastic!
Reading this and want to get involved in our week of celebration? Send us a 30 second video, a picture of your volunteers or a few sentences telling us why volunteers are vital to your organisation! We’ll be featuring these on our social media channels throughout Volunteers’ Week.