Support Dogs is a national charity that trains assistance dogs for adults with physical disabilities and epilepsy, enabling them to lead safer, more independent lives.

The charity is welcoming applications for their assistance dogs from former members of the armed forces.

Disability assistance dogs make an enormous difference the lives of their owners. The specially trained assistance dogs (aged between one and three) are taught to perform tasks which are specifically tailored to the individual's needs. 

These include assisting with dressing and undressing, loading and unloading the washing machine, fetching the post and raising the alarm, as well as providing the companionship and support that enables their owners to lead safer, more independent lives.

Support Dogs provide 'seizure alert dogs' for people with epilepsy which are trained to provide a 100% reliable warning 10-55 minutes prior to the onset of an epileptic seizure, which enables them to get to a place of their choosing and take control of the situation. The charity is the only organisation in the UK that provides and trains seizure alert dogs.

If you are interested in applying for a support dog go to www.supportdogs.org.uk/ourwork/ and read the disability or seizure alert dog information packs, to find out if you are eligible for a dog.

If you meet the criteria you will need to apply to attend an information day at the charity's training centre in Sheffield and are held twice a year.

Support dogs can make an enormous difference to people’s lives; not only to those veterans of the armed forces who are in need but also to their families.

Support Dogs are a registered charity and do not charge for their services. The charity relies entirely on voluntary donations and receives no government funding.

To read more and to contact Support Dogs:

Visit www.supportdogs.org.uk

Or call 0114 2617800