About Assistance Dogs UK

What we do

What we do

Accredited assistance dogs are dogs that have been trained by accredited member organisations of Assistance Dogs International (ADI) and the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF). Over 7,000 disabled people in the UK rely on an accredited assistance dog to help with practical tasks, in addition to the emotional benefits and greater independence that such dogs bring.

Accredited assistance dogs:

  • have been trained to behave well in public
  • have safe and reliable temperaments
  • are healthy and do not constitute a hygiene risk observed over a considerable period of time
  • are fully toilet-trained
  • are regularly checked by experienced veterinarians
  • are accompanied by a disabled handler who has been trained how to work alongside their assistance dog
  • are recognisable by the harness, organisation specific coat, id tag on their collar or lead slip they wear

This website will give you information about the processes that accredited organisations go through in training their dogs. We do not have any specific knowledge about processes used by assistance dogs not trained by accredited programmes.

Current Vacancies

Assistance Dogs (UK) Development Manager

Salary £40k + benefits
Fixed term 2 years – potential for extension

We are looking for an experienced project manager to lead our organisation forward into its next chapter.

Assistance Dogs (UK) is a coalition of 8 member organisations who are all professional assistance dog training charities, accredited to international standards and spread throughout the UK.  By working together to share ideas, representing the role assistance dogs have in the UK and promoting high standards of dog welfare, training and client care- AD(UK) has become a key reference point for assistance dogs in the UK.

Working closely with the board of Trustees, the Development Manager will play an essential role:

  • Promoting collaboration within the assistance dog field, sharing and encouraging best practice.
  • Working with AD(UK) members, to promote the importance of standards for the benefit of clients and to ensure the wellbeing of assistance dogs.
  • Development and executive management of AD(UK) with responsibility for the achievement of the charity’s objectives.

Candidates should thrive on the challenge of project managing new areas, enjoy working independently but similarly be able to converse and engage with different stakeholders in a professional and positive way.

To be considered for this role, you will need to have experience working in the charity sector as well as excellent communication skills, including advocacy. This role can be home-based or could be based at one of the AD(UK) member sites if possible with national travel.

The successful candidate will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check under the terms of the Police Act 1997 (Part V) to an enhanced level.

To receive an application form or for further information please contact Kayla Mackenzie on Kayla.Mackenzie@hearingdogs.org.uk or alternatively call her on 01844 348100.

The closing date for applications is 22nd February 2020.

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Who we are

Assistance Dogs UK is a voluntary coalition of eight assistance dog charities that aims to promote the freedom, independence and rights of people with assistance dogs across the UK.

All ADUK member charities have successfully passed an extensive accreditation process that covers all aspects of their training and administration – ensuring they meet the exacting standards set by Assistance Dogs International (ADI) and the International Guide Dogs Federation (IGDF).

As ADUK organisations have been accredited by ADI and IGDF, service users and members of the public can be assured that they meet very high standards in terms of dog and user training and dog welfare.

ADUK is a registered charity.

Meet our Member Organisations