Friday 22nd June 2012
Workshops highlighting the benefit of children with autism having an assistance dog have won £25,000 of funding.
The scheme, run by Dogs For The Disabled, received the grant from The Freemasons' Grand Charity.
It will fund Paws - Parents, Autism, Workshops and Support service which explains the potential benefits of having a well-trained family dog for children with autism. The project helps families to choose the right pet dog for their requirements, as well as integrating their pet into family life.
It is the second time The Freemasons' Grand Charity has funded the PAWS project. It made a £25,000 award in 2010.
Laura Chapman, chief executive of The Freemasons' Grand Charity, said: "It is with great pleasure that we make this second grant to Dogs For The Disabled, for an established scheme that has already met with much success. We hope that this donation will help many more families in the coming years."
Peter Gorbing, chief executive of Dogs For The Disabled said: "This grant from the Grand Charity enables us to embark on the third year of Paws with increasing confidence. The project has already enhanced the lives of over 200 families affected by autism and we are thrilled and grateful to the Freemasons' Grand Charity for enabling us to extend the positive impact of Paws even further."
The money came from the charity's Major Grants Scheme which donates more than £3 million to national charities each year.