Welcome to PAWS
a Community interest company offering Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)
For years, it’s been proven that Animal Assisted Interventions and Animal Assisted Therapy for children, young people and adults can effectively reduce anxiety and stress, help with blood pressure, foster positive emotions, improve social interactions and boost the quality of life to name a few.
Our therapy incorporates animals to provide essential wellbeing and mental health support alongside other therapeutic and educational practices. We prepare people for the future; building relationships, life skills and confidence.
Together, our trained dog handlers and therapy dogs can come to health care facilities in your local area or even schools, colleges and community centres.
Patrons of PAWS
Your support allows our pet therapy sessions to continue, meaning essential services can be provided to those who need it the most.
If you’d like to know more about how companion animals and animal interaction works, please follow the link below. Alternatively, if you’d like to discuss how you can support our Animal Assisted Activities, we’d be delighted to show you how.
What we do
Our wellbeing and educational programmes are far more than stroking a calm, placid dog. We facilitate practical Animal Assisted Interventions that promote an active lifestyle, teach communication skills, team-building skills, build self esteem and solidify the canine-human bond with clients. We focus on goal setting, communication and regulation techniques through practical activities that teach both canine and human behaviours as well as dog handling skills.
PAWS CIc offers counselling and therapeutic sessions with BACP/BAPT/UKCP registered professionals. The sessions utilise the canine-human bond, allowing the client to make positive therapeutic progress co-regulating with their canine partner. Our qualified counsellors and therapists work with their own dogs and use Animal Assisted Interventions to build relationships, trust and understanding with the client.
At People and Animal Wellbeing Services CIC we understand the value in having your own ‘pet’ in your workplace. We want to provide you with the right tools to successfully train, work with and run Animal Assisted Interventions in your own working environment. We provide school dog training that focus on your therapy animal team and the journey that will support their wellbeing.
If you’re a qualified professional (therapist, counsellor) wanting to work with your dog in your work environment then our PAWS Therapy Dog Certification may be for you. Click here if you want more information.
All of our human mentors and therapists are professionals in their field of work, whether that be in education, behaviour management or therapy. Their professional experience allows them to make the maximum impact with the animal assisted interventions they provide.
Is at the forefront of our ethos. Our programmes nurture our clients and animals wellbeing.
We are advocates for our clients and our animals. We will support both equally and nurture positive animal/ client relationships so each party is rewarded and understood.
We aim to support as many people as possible with their wellbeing and teach positive animal handling and emotional skills.
We are an inclusive company that listens and values the diversities of our communities. We recognise and champion difference in our clients and our therapy animals, helping to promote autonomy and freedom of choice.
We are passionate about the work we do and recognise the enormous potential the human animal bond can have on a person's wellbeing and mental health.
We nurture wellbeing and confidence by developing social, emotional and practical life skills.
We work closely with local authorities, education facilities, care providers and parents and carers to meet the needs of our service users.