The charity aims to help young, disabled people, and as part of the collaboration, funding from Pets Corner will enable them to take part in the charity’s ‘Can Do’ programme. The programme encourages them to learn new skills to help build their confidence while also giving back to their communities.
Pets Corner trainers will also work closely with ‘Can Do’ programme coordinators to develop a bespoke pet care programme. Young people taking part will be able to gain “essential experience and skills” in pet management while working towards a City and Guilds certificate.
While the programme will benefit young people, it also encourages Pets Corner staff to engage with the charity’s ‘disability means business’ team to learn more about what it means to be a disability-inclusive employer.
Dean Richmond, founder of Pets Corner, said: “Giving back to the community is an extremely important element of the ethos of Pets Corner.
“Our new partnership with Leonard Cheshire provides us with a brilliant opportunity to support young disabled people in learning new skills and potentially opening up new career pathways for them.”
Neil Heslop, Leonard Cheshire’s chief executive, added: “We are delighted that Pets Corner has become a Charity Partner.
“Sharing in our vision of greater inclusivity and opportunity for disabled people, this partnership will play a key role in providing new confidence building opportunities for young disabled people.”