Why Volunteer?

We believe that volunteering your time to Dog A.I.D. should be as beneficial for you as it is for us

Not only will you be making a real difference to the lives of people with disabilities and their families, you’ll get a lot out of it, too!

We have volunteering opportunities for Trainers (please refer to the specific section on this website for more information) and/or for anyone wishing to help us raise vital funds through campaigns and events to enable us to continue our work.

Volunteering is a great way of helping you to connect with your local community, especially if you’re new to an area, it can help you get to know your neighbourhood and make new friends. It’s also a good way to practice and develop your social skills, especially if you’re naturally shy and find it hard to meet new people. There is also lots of evidence that 

volunteering has a positive impact on your health. Research has shown that volunteering can increase a volunteer’s longevity, improve their mental health, keep them fitter and help them to cope better with illness.

There are plenty of ways you can help and you can give as much or as little time as you wish. Many of our volunteers found they had time on their hands after retiring or when their children started school, and they wanted to put their skills to good use.

Volunteering is also a great opportunity for younger people too - volunteering can be a great way to enhance your CV by gaining new skills, knowledge and experience as well as developing existing skills and knowledge.

Most importantly volunteering can be great fun! 

Bring a volunteer with Dog A.I.D. is being part of the ‘bigger picture’ – we make sure we share our successes with you through our regular newsletters and events … and you can be sure that we meet the highest of standards of volunteer management and engagement through our membership of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations ( and Voluntary & Community Sector Assembly ( As a volunteer-led organisation, you would not expect anything less!

However or wherever you get involved you’ll be a valuable part of a team and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you’re making a vital contribution to our work, so thank you!