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Hear from Katie Barlow and Sarah Glassborow

Voluntary dog walking for the elderly

"We have been volunteering by dog walking for the elderly for the Cinnamon Trust on our lunch breaks and at weekends. It is a great a way to get out the house for a break away from our laptops for fresh air and a walk, and also provides exercise for dogs who sometimes only get one or two walks per week. These dog walks fit in around our plans, and it is a really flexible worthwhile voluntary role that we both recommend to anyone who might be interested, especially if you are an animal lover!

At this time we are falling into the key workers category, and we are following safety precautions when picking up the dogs, but we have both been going above and beyond the role at the moment by picking up milk, bread or other essentials when asked by owners. Sometimes these people may only see you over a week, and they love to have a chat, and are always so grateful for what you provide for their beloved pets.

The Cinnamon Trust is a charity that supports the elderly and terminally ill and their pets through dog walking, pet sitting or running their pets to vets appointments. It is widely acknowledged that pets can positively benefit the well-being of elderly owners. For many elderly people living on their own, their pets are their reason for living.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the Cinnamon Trust or finding out more, please visit their website".