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June 23rd, 2017

Bring your dog to work? Why not!

We love an interesting national awareness event, and one that caught our eye is today’s National Bring Your Dog to Work Day.

One of our team, Freya, has been known to bring her beloved dog into our head office here in Stroud, and we all love to see him. And Steve and I also bring in our puppy Dexter from time to time.

Bring Your Dog to Work Day is an annual event that raises money for charities dedicated to making a difference to the welfare of dogs, as well as providing a bit of fun for employees.

Pets make wonderful companions, particularly to people who are living alone, as many of our elderly clients are. In fact some – like Daxi, who belongs to our client Arthur – provide more than companionship; Daxi comes from Canine Partners, and he is an assistance dog, helping Arthur in the same way that Guide Dogs help people with little or no vision.

Unfortunately, caring for a pet often isn’t possible for elderly people. This is where services like TheraPaws – run by the Mayhew Animal Home – can help. Volunteers take their dogs into a care setting to engage with older people, encouraging social interaction to promote emotional and physical wellbeing. They specialise in visits to people with dementia and to palliative care centres, and go on regular visits to care homes, day centres, hospices and hospitals.

One of our team recalls the delight of her elderly mother, living in a nursing home, when a visitor brought in a golden retriever to see his relative. As a dog-lover and lifelong dog owner, those few minutes spent with the dog made her day.

So what do we think of pets here at DoCare? They’re fantastic.

This blog was written by Una Mills, DoCare Director. If you have a relative who you think would benefit from DoCare’s services, or would like assistance yourself, please get in touch. If you are interested in a rewarding career as a support worker, we would love to hear from you – please give us a call or you can apply online.

June 10th, 2017

At DoCare we’ll be donning our aprons and getting down to a bit of baking by joining in national Cupcake Day on June 15, to help raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

And we’d be delighted if you would make it a date and drop into our head office in Stroud to buy some cakes. Our staff and friends will be baking, donating and serving tea, coffee and cake all day.

Last year, dedicated cupcake makers around the country united to raise £330,000 to help support research into dementia. That’s more than enough to fund 11 PhD researchers for a year, giving them the opportunity to undertake vital, potentially lifesaving work.
So at DoCare, we will be baking and selling some yummy cakes for you to buy to help raise money for this great cause. Pop in and buy a cake and have a cuppa with us in our training room. We’d love to see you.

Plus we’ll be running a fun photo competition for the loveliest and – possibly – most unusually decorated cakes.

Do call in and help us support such a fantastic cause, or get in touch with the team here for more details.

This blog was written by Una Mills, DoCare Director. If you have a relative who you think would benefit from DoCare’s services, or would like assistance yourself, please get in touch. If you are interested in a rewarding career as a support worker, we would love to hear from you – please give us a call or you can apply online.