LETTERS From Miss J. Hopkins, Newport:
I HAVE recently started working for a fantastic charity, which seems to be still relatively unknown to a lot of Island residents.
Ability Dogs 4 Young People aims to provide assistance dogs for children and young people with physical disabilities and learning difficulties, who live on the IW.
The scope of this aim is huge, with far reaching consequences for both the recipients and their families.
Ability dogs can enhance the lives of those with a range of conditions, including cerebral palsy, autism and epilepsy. Not only do the dogs increase independence by helping with practical tasks (such as picking up items, opening doors, helping to cross roads and even helping to dress and undress), but they also have a huge effect on the confidence of these young people, increasing their well-being and self-esteem.
The charity provides dogs whose training has been tailored to meet an individual’s needs and, once placed, they are given continuous support. The dogs are fully funded; all food, equipment and vets bills are paid for, so the recipient gets all the benefits with no financial burden.
I have met some truly inspirational people lately, dedicated to providing this life-enhancing opportunity to as many disabled children and young people on the Island as possible.
I hope as people see more of these fantastic dogs in green jackets out and about on the Island we can see the support for this wonderful charity grow.
Visit www.abilitydogs4yp.org.uk for any more information.