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The capacity of our charity’s work is limited by funds and resources. Our charity is already working at full capacity to help our clients who have applied for a support dog through our existing programmes.
We do not specifically train dogs to assist with these conditions, although some of our clients report that this is a secondary benefit they have experienced in
We receive no government funding and rely entirely on voluntary donations and fundraising to continue transforming lives of those affected by autism, epilepsy and disability.
Our charity’s area of expertise is training dogs to alert to epileptic seizures and we are also limited by our resources.
All support dogs must go through our charity's rigorous selection assessment and training programme inline with Assistance Dogs International guidelines and standards before they can become a registered as a support dog with our charity. This process can take up to 2 years.
Due to our limited resources we currently have to restrict our coverage of support to the whole of Mainland UK (England, Scotland, and Wales). The exception to this is our autism programme, which again due to particularly high demand and limited resources, is restricted to a maximum of 2 hours road travel from our Sheffield training centre.
We provide our services entirely free of charge to those who will benefit from our work. We do not ask for any payment for our work.The cost to our charity of each support dog partnership, from initial training, to client training and support throughout its working life, is approximately £36,000.
By choosing Support Dogs as your charity of the year, you will be helping to make long term real difference to the lives of families affected by some of the most challenging conditions.
Our work is unique and innovative and this will is also reflective in how we work with our Charity of the Year partners. This includes:- Creating opportunities for staff and customers to learn first hand about the impact their support will be make- Providing creative, memorable events, ideas, opportunities and materials to help you reach your fundraising targets- Providing support with PR to increase awareness of our support, while increasing greater understanding of disability and the medical conditions your donation will help.Corporate partnerships are about more than money, they are also about building your team’s connection with a cause they feel passionately about. Autism, epilepsy and physical disabilities including MS, Cerebral Palsy affect millions of people in the UK each year. Your support will help make a huge difference to our work to make their lives better. Please email [email protected] or phone 0114 261 7800
We have a flexible approach to working with businesses and brands of all sizes and want to work with you to engage your support in the most effective and personable way.
We have a flexible approach to working with businesses of all sizes and want to work with you to engage your support in the most effective and personable way.Smaller businesses support us from just £250 a year with the sponsorship of support dog partnership working in their local area. However if your company has the capacity to make a more significant difference to our work and the lives of those we help, then there is wide range of ways you can get involved. Whether you could contribute to the £20,000 it costs to train a life changing support dog partnership, or perhaps partner the training of one of our puppies during their first year from £8000. For these larger amounts of support we can also look to name a support dog puppy in recognition of the contribution you have made.Alternatively you may like to focus your support on a specific area of our work; our autism program, our epilepsy program, our work for those with physical disability or perhaps support our work training those dogs we train from rescue centres, giving them a second chance for a better life and to be heroes.However way you choose we will be happy to work with you. We have a flexible way of working with businesses and whether if it is financial support, donations of product or pro-bono support with services we will ensure you have a real feel for the impact you make, raise awareness of your support and ensure we create a real partnership with you.Please contact us at [email protected] or 0114 261 7800 to find out more
We want to work with you to create greater awareness of our work and your support for it, both to your staff and your customers.
From working with you to develop great PR opportunities, to providing materials including posters, banners, all sorts of collection pots and cuddly support dogs for your buildings we will work with you to get the most of a relationship. Where we can will come in and speak to staff and get them involved in volunteering with the charity.We have flexible and open way of working with businesses of all sizes and always open to new ideas. Please email [email protected] or phone 0114 261 7800
Could your staff sponsor a support dog through their payroll and help our charity
This is probably the easiest way to help us transform lives. Please help us to promote to your staff the impact of signing up to a monthly pre-tax donation. It can turn £1.00 into £1.25! Support Dogs are able to claim 25% through tax on any donation made through payroll giving. If your staff sign up to donate on a monthly basis we can put their support towards a specific dog or puppy, where they will receive a lovely sponsors pack with cuddly toy dog, certificate a 3 updates a yearTo find out more about setting up payroll giving in your organisation please email [email protected] or phone 0114 261 7800. You can also click here to read The Charity Aid Foundation guidance
If you have a family member with epilepsy it can be incredibly important to establish a “Discretionary Trust” for that member.
If this is not done and they receive benefit from your Will then it is entirely possible that the family member you care will lose some, or all, of their statutory benefits on receipt of the gift you have left them in your will.
Typically, the cost of such a trust is only £250 but it can protect the whole future for your family member living with a challenging medical condition.
If you decide this is a good idea, you can also draft Lasting Powers of Attorney. There are two lasting powers of attorney – one for financial decisions and another for health and care decisions. Again, it is important to take professional advice to make sure they are phrased to suit the needs of your whole family.You can find out more about this here
There are a number of sources you can go for further information about will writing. Support Dogs is also supported by a number of law firms who offer discounts to help our supporters make or update a will
McClure Solicitors Support Dogs have partnered with McClure Solicitors to offer you a free will service.You can get your will done free of charge, whether your circumstances are simple or complex. All they ask is that you consider making a donation of any size to Support Dogs. A will usually costs around £150 for a single client and £240 for a couple. For more details call McClure Solicitors on Freephone 0800 852 1999 or email [email protected]Remember a CharitySupport Dogs are member of the Remember a Charity campaign, to highlight the important and impact of charitable gifts in wills.You can cick here to visit the Remember A Charity website to find a solicitor in your local area, who will be able to advise you on leaving gifts to charities when making a will.
We have partnered Make a Will Online to provide FREE will writing service for supporters.
We have partnered with MakeaWillOnline.co.uk to provide a free of charge will writing service to supporters.
This simple to use online service is available at www.makeawillonline.co.uk/supportdogs and is a simple online form to work through. Make-a-Will Online work with hundreds of different charities across the UK and have been operating for over 10 years.The solicitors from Make-a-Will Online check every will for your peace of mind. When you make a will they tell us a gift exists. You can also choose to share your name so we can say “thank you”.
It’s possible to make a will without sharing any information at all with us by going to https://makeawillonline.co.uk/online-wills. We won’t find out anything about any gift you leave. Whatever you choose to do we are very grateful for your help!
Including a gift in your will is very straightforward. First you need to decide what type of gift you would like to leave
Residuary giftThis is when, after you have made specific and monetary gifts, a percentage is left to one or more individuals or charities. As it is a percentage it ensures that your loved ones are taken care of and you won’t have to keep changing your Will as circumstances change. This is a particularly popular way to leave a gift to a charity.A gift of just 1% to our charity in your will can make a huge difference to those we help.
When contacting your professional will adviser, you just need our registered charity number 1088281 to include our charity in your will.
Cash giftThis is when you state a specific amount of money, for example £5,000. It is also known as a pecuniary gift.
This can be of any amount you choose. When contacting your professional will adviser, you just need our registered charity number 1088281 to include our charity in your will.
Our work with rescue dogs
Disability Assistance Dog Programme
Autism Assistance Dog Programme
Epilepsy Seizure Alert Dog Programme