Charity on the search for dog-lovers in East Cheshire

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is urgently searching for dog-lovers across East Cheshire.

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The Charity that trains dogs to alert deaf people to sounds they would otherwise miss, is recruiting volunteer ‘Puppy Socialisers’ in the East Cheshire region to care for puppies-in-training in their own homes in 2017 and beyond.

Caroline & Terry Roeve, from Wilmslow are volunteer Puppy Socialisers. They began volunteering for Hearing Dogs last New Year and are currently caring for Cocker Spaniel Daphne, preparing her for her future career as a life-changing companion.

Caroline says: “We have had our very first puppy Daphne, a gorgeous Cocker Spaniel, for just over a year now. We have gained so much more through volunteering than we would have ever thought in our first year –  we have made dozens of new friends, we are much fitter and we have had a wonderful time socialising Daphne in local libraries, schools, stores, cafes and restaurants.

We would definitely recommend puppy socialising for Hearing Dogs: your life will change for the better from day one”

Michelle Taylor, Hearing Dogs’ puppy training instructor for East Cheshire, added: “Our Puppy Socialiser volunteers are an integral part of what the work we do at Hearing Dogs. If you live in Cheshire and are looking for something new to do this year, then why not give something back and care for some lovable life-changing puppies along the way? All of our volunteers are fully supported by members of staff and become a part of this wonderful, happy community. It really is like a big family and there is so much to gain.

Caroline and Terry Roeves with Daphne. Caroline and Terry Roeves with Daphne.

If you have a car, a secure garden and time to train a puppy daily, then we would love to hear from you. You really can make such an enormous difference to the lives of deaf people in 2017.”

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is celebrating its 35th year of changing deaf peoples’ lives, both in Cheshire and across the UK. The Charity relies on its network of 1800 volunteers across the UK to help it to continue its crucial work. A fully-trained hearing dog provides essential practical support to a deaf person, renewing their confidence and independence as well as helping to alleviate the mental health issues so often associated with hearing loss.

To find out more about how to make a difference in 2017, visit www.hearingdogs.org.uk/volunteer

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