"Dogs are my absolute passion. I have grown up with and around dogs from a young age, and I have experience of handling all breeds and sizes, from dachshunds to mastiffs, I am passionate about them all! As an experienced dog sitter, boarder and walker, you can be confident that your pet is in good hands.
I love the work that I do, and I am very proud to provide support to people who are struggling with anxiety, depression and related issues through canine therapy-based training and care. For me, dogs have always loved me unconditionally and simply make me feel better when I am around them, leaving little room to worry about what else might be playing on my mind, which is why I strongly feel that dogs can create a positive environment to learn and grow and try new things. Since 2013 I have worked with adults within the homelessness, mental health and addiction field and I have built up a vast array of experience, ranging from running a Mentoring programme, creating a ‘Business Start-Up’ project and most recently coordinating a Recovery programme in partnership with an NHS trust alongside Grace"
“I have always loved dogs and as an only child my Golden Labrador, Jack, was my constant companion. I just adored him. It is very difficult to be bored or lonely with a dog by your side. It was during studying for my masters that the power of dogs really hit me. I was having a rough time battling anxiety and stress and decided to start dog walking. This was the best decision I have ever made, it transformed my mood and cemented my love for canine companions even more. Since then, I have continued to dog walk/ sit for many families in the south London area. Having bonded with so many dogs i truly understand how precious they are. They are one of the family and should always be treated as such.
Since 2015 I have been working supporting people in long term unemployment to find sustainable work. I have experience in supporting people in recovery from mental health, substance use and homelessness. I am at my most happy empowering people and also when with a dog. At Paws & Pause I get to combine both!"
Trainee Volunteer coordinator
Since starting with Paws & Pause, in October last year, I have completed my Dog First Aid training, developed profile sheets for all our canine clients and delivered the first newsletter. Recently, I began training to become a mentor and started to work with one of my fellow volunteers; peer mentoring is a great way to engage volunteers as we can share and use our experiences to relate to each other. Unfortunately this is currently on hold but during lockdown I have been able to work remotely on developing the volunteer handbook which will help structure the volunteer placements to support them in discovering their potential, developing personal & professional skills, as well as establishing and working towards future goals!
Whilst I have been out of employment for the last few years, I have learnt to manage my mental health and built my confidence as a volunteer. I have gained many skills which Paws & Pause have been an instrumental part in helping me to realise and apply them to a work environment and I am looking forward to developing a career and help others discover what they are capable of and achieve their ambitions."