Paws & Pause - Changing lives with dog daycare

by Paws & Pause - London's only Dog Daycare & Social Enterprise in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Total raised £4,848

£6,000 target 12 days left
80% 43 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 30th June 2024 at 11:40am

We are crowdfunding to grow our social impact programme and increase the number of people in recovery we can help back into employment.

by Paws & Pause - London's only Dog Daycare & Social Enterprise in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Dog daycare done differently!

Paws & Pause supports and trains people in recovery from addiction and mental illness on their journey to build new skills, confidence and feel employable. All of the money raised in this crowdfunding campaign will go towards empowering and supporting  more people in recovery on their journey back towards employment and education like current trainee Sinclair!

Where did we come from?

Hi! We're Jodie & Grace. We started Paws & Pause with a vision to combine community care with dog care, and inspired by our time working at St-Mungo's homelessness charity - where we had seen first hand how the simple presence of an animal could increase a person's ability to connect, learn and feel confident. In 2019, we opened our first daycare in Brixton. 5 years down the line, a second Peckham site and 47 trainee placements later, we need help to scale our trainee programme as it grows alongside our daycare.

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What does Paws & Pause do?

Confidence, workplace skills and experience are some of the key barriers that people in recovery from addiction and mental ill-health face on their journey back into employment. Paws & Pause was started in 2019 to help combat that. We create an environment where animals are the tool for learning, increase engagement in therapeutic services, act as a tool for long term recovery and also enable access to employment and further education.

"This opportunity helped me regain the sense of structure in my life, as well as a sense of responsibility and connection, which came from working in a team and being trusted with day care tasks." - Ross

Paws & Pause advocates that animals, and in particular dogs, are a catalyst to engaging people living with mental health difficulties and substance use challenges as part of their recovery journey. We believe that the connection between dogs and humans is powerful and can act as a great motivator for engagement, change and self reflection, enabling access to employment and further education for those too often socially excluded.

"I've loved getting to know the different dogs and helping them build confidence I really enjoyed the team, albeit small, and that the effort was put into doing ‘team’ activities like the laughing yoga despite the pandemic!"- Lina

1717162994_1715025218_untitled_design_(3).jpegWhat are we crowdfunding for?

We have a huge waiting list for people wanting to join the programme and on average, a 6 month trainee placement costs us £1200 -  This cost is broken down into the following categories:

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What do people learn on the Paws & Pause employability programme?

Our programme combines hands on experience in our doggy day care with mentoring and workshops to understand how to get back to work. We develop skills such as personal training budget and practice the practicality of being in a workplace – such as time keeping and organisation.

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Paws & Pause provides a place for trainees to build on HOW to build and maintain employability within our daycare setting, alongside the dogs and team.

This is supported by 1-1 mentoring, employability and personal development workshops, team activities and the completion of our Workbook to compliment each placement.

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What the experts say

“The great thing about animals is they don’t have a preconceived notion of people.” - Dr. Henry Feldman ( Division of General Internal Medicine at Harvard-affiliated Medical Centre). “They provide unconditional love, which encourages interaction and helps people feel more confident."

"By having an animal, an individual may feel a greater responsibility, meaning that they may be less likely to engage in addictive behaviours and take greater pride in their sobriety, making them feel better in general about their behaviours, but also giving them something else to work toward i.e., treating their animal well and caring for it as much as it is caring for them." -Rehab4addiction

Click here to read our full social impact report!

Prize Draw Terms and Conditions:

  • To enter the draw select the "A4 Poster & Caterpillar Kit Giveaway Entry"
  • For free postal entry contact [email protected] 
  • Entries will close on the 30th June
  • The winner will receive 2 months of free dog daycare based on their current rolling daycare attendance
  • The winner will be selected at random and contacted by 30/08/2024
  • Participants must be 18 or over

THANK YOU

 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£35 or more

*2 MONTHS OF FREE DOG DAYCARE* - Raffle entry

*For dogs currently at any Paws & Pause site* - Enter a prize draw to win 2 months worth of free day care days!!!

£10 or more

Entry into a raffle for a rewards hamper

One entry into our raffle for a Paws & Pause rewards hamper featuring: A 'Woof' T-shirt in your chosen colour / size, A large organic dog treats box, an illustrated pet portrait by Harriet Mcdougall and free entry onto our remote dog training workshop with Janey from 'Make Fetch Happen' detailed below.

£15 or more

0 of 15 claimed

Loose lead and Heal walking masterclass !

Fun training webinar with Janey from 'Make Fetch Happen' @make.fetch.happen.dog.training Tired of your dog dragging you down the road?This webinar will take you through effective & practical ways to improve your dog walking on a lead. There will be short videos, training exercises for you to try & live Q&A Monday 8th July @ 19.00

£15 or more

0 of 30 claimed

Pet gundog foundations

Fun training webinar with Janey from 'Make Fetch Happen' @make.fetch.happen.dog.training Gundog training offers a wide range of benefits to both you and your dog’s relationship, Whilst also working on common issues that arise in dog training such as recall, heel walking, impulse control & general obedience (NB: no hunting is actually happening)

£23 or more

7 of 50 claimed

Paws & Pause 'WOOF' T - shirt

A Pause & Pause 'WOOF.' T-shirt in our signature lime green - Set against a black background. Designed by a graduate of our social impact programme. Available in unisex sizes S-XXL.

£25 or more

3 of 100 claimed

Organic dog treats gift box

A large gift box for your pup, individually hand wrapped by one of our trainees and featuring all of the following organic, hypoallergenic dog treats: 3 Chicken Feet, 2 Beef Spaghetti, 1 Buffalo ear, 1 Beef Lung, 1 Beef knuckle/hoof, 3 Rabbit ears, 1 Trachea, 2 Duck and Orange Sausages.

£80 or more

Canine First Aid Course (Lv 2) - Remote/Zoom

Canine First Aid Course L2 - remote/zoom (3 hours) Pet first aid is fun and informative and will give you the skills to deal with a canine emergency should it arise. Understanding basic first aid for your pet will give you the skills to assist them before professional help is given by your vet. The session covers general health & wellbeing, to CPR, heat, choking, drowing, minor injury, illness, diesease, toxins & preventative care.

£85 or more

Canine First Aid Course L2 - In person/London (4h)

Canine First Aid Course L2 - In person/London Pet first aid is fun and informative and will give you the skills to deal with a canine emergency should it arise. Understanding basic first aid for your pet will give you the skills to assist them before professional help is given by your vet. The session covers general health & wellbeing, to CPR, heat, choking, drowing, minor injury, illness, diesease, toxins & preventative care.

£600 or more

2 of 10 claimed

Sponsor a trainee placement - Bronze Partnership!

A £600 pledge will cover the cost of providing a person with 6 month's worth of support work 1:1's and employability workshops. In return, we will offer you or your business a spot on our website sponsorship page, as well as features on our social media and impact reports and newletters!

£1,500 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Sponsor a trainee placement - Silver Partnership!

Sponsor a trainee's entire placement costs for 6 months! In return, you/your team (up to 6) people will be invited to our daycare, spend some time with our doggos and learn more in depth about the work we do! You'll learn about dog and human wellbeing and get involved in having some fun at daycare! You will receive a spot on our website's sponsorship page, as well as features in our social media impact report!

£3,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Sponsor a trainee placement partnership - GOLD!

Sponsor TWO trainee's entire placement costs for 6 months! In return, your team (up to 10) people will be invited to our daycare for TWO visits, spend time with our doggos and learn more in depth about our work! You'll learn about dog and human wellbeing and get involved in having some fun at daycare! We can also faciliate staff volunteering opportunities! You will receive a spot on our website, social media, news letter and impact reports!

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