Where we started and where we are headed

Assistance Dogs UK (ADUK) was established in 1995 and was run entirely by a board of volunteer trustees, made up of representatives from its member organisations.

In 2020, we welcomed a Development Manager to ensure ADUK continues to develop, and remains an effective umbrella body and hub for assistance dog related information and good practice. In 2023 the Development Manager became Executive Director of ADUK. The charity is now in exciting period of growth as it further explores how it can best improve access for people who rely on assistance dogs and best serve the membership.

We currently have thirteen member organisations that have been accredited by Assistance Dogs International (ADI) and/or The International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF). We also have six organisations (candidates) that are working towards the same accreditation that our members have.

Find out more about them:

ADUK members: https://www.assistancedogs.org.uk/members/

ADUK candidates: https://www.assistancedogs.org.uk/candidates/

A photo of a woman with her assistance dog