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SPPOT is a Unique Social Enterprise

Introduction

SPPOT is a unique dynamic Community Interest Company founded in 2013 with the purpose of enabling people who have disabilities and long-term health conditions, to access high quality, exciting opportunities, in the field of dog care, training and walking.


SPPOT is a fully inclusive, intergenerational service, providing work-based training for young people at risk of unemployment, along with training and volunteering opportunities and progressive day services, for adults who have learning disabilities, physical disabilities or mental ill health.


In turn, we provide elderly and disabled dog owners with a high-quality community dog walking service and a small bespoke dog daycare service with built-in dog training service.


We are an Agored Cymru Recognised Centre and SPPOT Staff are recruited and trained in both Health & Social Care and in Dog Training & Behaviour.


We are a highly specialised service, with expert staff able to work with young people and adults of all abilities and professionally assess dogs too.


All staff hold fully enhanced DBS checks and they, our service users and the whole service are protected by robust insurance and risk management strategies.


SPPOT Dog Headquarters

SPPOT DHQ is a modern, bright, warm, safe and accessible one-level building, with fully fenced gardens, close to the town centre with a bus stop out the front and wheelchair accessible dog walking

areas directly behind.


We have a very large main training room which can be joined to or separated from the smaller training room. Each training room has access to the central kitchen, gardens, offices and bathrooms.


The building also has a smaller relaxtion room, laundry room, store room and cloakroom. 




The SPPOT Team

Kerri Bee, Operations & Development Manager, Director & Founder, Dog Trainer and Behaviour Advisor

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Kerri worked for over 10 years in social care, working with adults and children with learning and physical disabilities and mental health in day services, residential and respite settings. She then retrained, graduating with a Foundation Degree in Canine Behaviour and Training in 2009 and then worked as a dog trainer and behaviour advisor, including as a Volunteer Dog AID Trainer, before setting SPPOT up in 2013.

Amanda James, Development Coordinator (Dog Daycare), Dog Trainer

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Amanda worked in social care for many years, and holds a Level 5 Diploma in Health & SocialCare and specialising in mental health work. Amanda also trained and volunteered with SPPOT before joining the staff team. Amanda holds a Level 3 accrediation in dog welfare, training and behaviour and is now working towards her Level 5.

Jeanette Clark, Relief Development Worker, Social Worker & Drummer

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Jeanette worked for many years as a children's social worker for the local authority and later as a child care services manager. Now retired, Jeanette works part-time with SPPOT to support people to benefit from the project.

Samantha Parslow, Development Coordinator (Dog Walking Project), Trainee Dog Trainer

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Samantha has previously worked with children and is now working towards her Level 3 Dog Welfare and Training with SPPOT and Health & Social Care qualifications

Alice Symonds, Development Coordinator (Dog Training Project), Dog Trainer, Assistance Dog Trainer

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Alice hold a Foundation Degree in Animal Welfare and Behaviour and is also a qualified Assistance Dog Trainer having been employed by Hearing Dogs UK for 5 years before moving to Pembrokeshire and joining SPPOT.

Jan Thompson, Relief Development Worker

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Jan has worked in social care for many years and has a vast background of experience and training, working with people who have learning disabilities