ID: 92323

THERAPY DOG VOLUNTEER

Health Ongoing commitment Liverpool NSW

About this opportunity

Volunteers and their furry friends are needed for a national not for profit organisation with one core belief: that the human animal bond can overcome anything. This Organisation’s work focuses on using that bond to comfort the sick and vulnerable in hospitals and aged care facilities as well as develop happier and more confident children.

The Role:
• Therapy Dog teams are matched to registered health and welfare facilities
• Volunteers can choose to visit in aged care facilities, hospitals, disability services, mental health services or refuges, depending on the need in their area
• Therapy Dog teams spend time with patients or residents and offer a chat, a floppy ear to listen and a paw to shake
• Visits are done on a weekly or fortnightly basis, depending on your availability, and usually last between one and one and a half hours. With additional preparation and travel time this means Volunteers will require approximately 3-4 hours per weekly or fortnightly visit
• Visits occur mostly on weekdays between 9am and 4pm, although there are a few opportunities for weekend visits if required
• All Volunteers must complete a one-day training session and an orientation at their assigned facility before they commence visits

Volunteer Qualities:
• Volunteers need a Drivers licence and their own transport to travel to their facility
• Must be willing to undertake Police and Working with Children checks
• Will ideally make a commitment to the role for one year
• Your dog will be required to undergo temperament testing, and must pass the assessment in order to be accredited as a qualified Therapy Dog
• All qualified Therapy Dogs are required to be retested every two years (every year for older dogs)
• A love of talking to people and an interest in giving to your community

If you and your four legged best friend would like to join this special team of Volunteers that brighten the days of others and helps to improve their overall health and well-being, we would love to hear from you!


Additional requirements

Driver's Licence (C) . National Police Certificate *. Working with Children Check *.

Humans must be over 18 years of age
Dogs must be under 10 years of age

* May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.
Time Required

Total of 3-4 hours per week or fortnight - one year minimum commitment to role

Type of work
  • Companionship & Social Support
  • Disability Support
  • Seniors & Aged Care
  • Working with Animals
Training

Training, orientation and ongoing support provided