Many people have asked me why I want to start up a Doggy Daycare for the Elderly and Disabled. Why I want to do it as a Social enterprise and not for profit. So here's the answer... I have not had an easy life, I had a difficult childhood. Dogs were my world. I was an odd ball at school and I gravitated towards other odd balls. I stuck up for other odd balls. My best friend at school was disabled. I myself had learning difficulties which were not identified until college. Dogs were what made me happy and offered security for me. And this applies to so many of us. Dogs are our family.
I walked Dogs for the Elderly and people who needed a break.
I ended up in dead end jobs whilst always studying some sort of course part time. And always found myself outside of work; working with Dogs and Horses.
It reached breaking point when I ended up working at Seabreezes Care Home. I had never seen such misery and loneliness. I was promoted to Activity Coordinator and managed to get Rescues and Dog organisations to come into the home to let the Service Users fuss the Dogs. They lit up. So many of them lost their Dogs when their health failed them. Again outside of work I trained people's Dogs for them.
My job choose me. In the end I gave into it and couldn't be happier. But in my job I have met so many people who are sad and struggling. Such as Laurie who lost his wife and dog months apart. Laurie went and rescued a Dog. I trained Yogi. Laurie got very poorly and rang me crying one day. I went straight over and his legs had ulcerated. He refused to go to hospital until Yogi was safe. Many of you may remember me trying to rehome him and I did. Laurie was the tipping point.
I had to do something to help the Laurie's of this world. I want to bring the Skegness community together. I want to offer somewhere where people can enjoy Dogs if they can not have them through age and ailments. I want to offer work experience to youngsters. I want to help other Community projects in Skegness.
Charity's only normally help their own project. As a Social Enterprise I can help whoever I want. The money is not limited to the Doggy Daycare. So we will not be sat on a pile of money dead in the water which when we are up and running we may not need to use. So we can help community projects. This is why we are not are not a Charity and won't be. I want the freedom and approval from the Government to help others as we see fit.
I have a committee in place which help me run things and we are required to have one by law. So this is why I am doing it and this is what we are all about 🐶
5 year plan; to let the Daycare be run and managed by students and the committee and set up my own Dog rescue this time as a Charity. Specifically helping difficult and misunderstood Dogs 🐕 and as many other Animals as we can. We are also seeking to help from the Profits of the Daycare to turn around disused buildings in Skegness for Projects such as a Sensory building for people with sensory needs such as Autism and Dementia, a pay it forward Cafe (this is a normal cafe and when people make a purchase they can also choose to copy their purchase and pay it forward i.e. Coffee and Cake then it will be transferred to a Coupon for someone less fortunate to come in and use it without shame or embarrasment and we would also like to set up a Domestic Violence Centre where people can come in, ion safety and get the help and support that they need.
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