Centre 404
Centre 404 is a local community charity in North London that offers friendly, reliable and person-centred support to people with learning disabilities, autism and their families. It was founded in 1951 by carers of children with learning disabilities and continues to work towards building a community and a society where people with learning disabilities are valued and involved members of our…

Purpose of this role:

We are recruiting volunteers with a dog to provide befriending/ buddy support to our service users with a learning disability or autism within our supported living projects.

We have piloted this project already and it is going really well so we want to offer this to more of our service users.

This volunteering hugely benefits our service users through the regular social interaction with the dog as well as the volunteer, whilst also getting the positive effects of getting out and about in the community and in nature, and getting some exercise.

The volunteer and their dog can also show the service users how to be a good dog owner by going for walks, petting and playing together, learning how dogs interact with other dogs and how to keep dogs happy and healthy.

Time commitment

As you will be teaching our service user how to look after a dog, we would like our Dog Volunteers to commit to 6 months for 1-2 hours a week on a day which suits you.
Application deadline
What measures have you put in place to ensure volunteers’ safety during COVID-19?
Sign in and out sheets, temperature checks, masks, hand sanitisers and washing stations, and Covid-19 risk assessments in place. We also have been marked as a Covid-19 secure building with posters up around the building.

This organisation is one of our community partner organisations.

Like all volunteer recruiters we work with, they have signed up to our service standards, agreeing to abide by our policy on partnership working.

In addition, the team here at Students’ Union UCL Volunteering Service is here to support you throughout your volunteering journey – you can get in touch at any time with any questions, queries or problems you encounter.