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Trainee Programme

Become an important and integral part of our team

Paws & Pause delivers an employability training program specifically for people in long term

unemployment due to mental ill health and substance addiction.

We believe in supporting people to feel employable, this means giving them the confidence

to take their next steps in the world of work or further education and make informed choices

about their career or education. The way we equip our trainees promotes sustainability and resilience

in individuals, facilitating choice and tapping in to aspiration so that long term goals can be achieved.

Are you ready to #PressPlay on your life?

Graduate Trainee Rashaan talks about how volunteering with Paws & Pause has helped him stay active and helped him find his passion for working with animals.


The Programme Structure and what to expect when becoming a Trainee

Our programme combines hands on experience in our doggy daycare, with mentoring and a place to understand how to get back to work. We develop skills such as personal training budget and practice the practicality of being in a workplace – such as time keeping and organisation.

Are you interested in joining the Programme and ready to #PressPlay?

Our volunteer programme could support you if you're unemployed with experience of mental health or substance use difficulties and you're looking to build confidence, develop skills and achieve your next steps.

We support people to feel employable!

Trainees engage in

  • A 6 month placement, attending once a week at our day care centre, supporting in the care of the dogs.

  • Employability and personal development group workshops twice a month

  • 1-1 sessions for action planning, goal setting, working through barriers

  • A Trainee workbook, designed by us to support the placement through exercises and promote discussions about the future and self reflection

  • Social and team activities

Applicant Criteria: 

  • Adults 21 or over 

  • Unemployed

  • Main barrier to work is mental ill health and/or in substance use recovery 

  • Engaged in mental health and/or substance use services

  • Ready to engage in the next steps of the employment journey, goal setting and group workshops

  • 3 months of stable recovery completed 

  • Committed to the Programme for 6 months 

  • Must love dogs and be ready to get stuck into a placement with a physical role! 

Contact Jodie at if you would like to discuss an application/referral or apply using the button above. 

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