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Social and Community Participation

Social and Community Participation

Social and community participation is a vital aspect of a fulfilling life, particularly for individuals with disabilities. For those in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), owning a dog can bring immense joy and companionship, but it also comes with unique challenges. 

PetCloud, as an NDIS registered organisation, offers tailored support services for NDIS Participants who own dogs (and other types of pets) 

What is Social and Community Participation?

Social and community participation is about the involvement of individuals with disabilities in activities that contribute to their social inclusion, community engagement, and overall well-being. It can be volunteering at an animal rescue, attending dog friendly community events, joining dog friendly clubs or organisations, and interacting with neighbours and local community.

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The Importance of Social and Community Participation:

Social and community participation plays a crucial role in the overall well-being and quality of life for individuals with disabilities. It fosters a sense of belonging, reduces isolation, and promotes mental and physical health. For dog owners, the bond with their furry companions can be particularly meaningful, providing unconditional love, companionship, and emotional support.

However, participating in social activities and community events can present challenges for NDIS Participants who own dogs. Factors such as mobility issues, anxiety disorders, or the need for additional physical support can make it challenging to fully engage in every day activities. This is where PetCloud’s Support Workers are able to assist.

Enabling Social Participation for Dog-Owning NDIS Participants

PetCloud offers a unique solution by providing support workers who are trained to assist NDIS Participants with their dogs. These support workers understand the specific needs and challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and their canine companions. By booking PetCloud support workers, NDIS Participants can enjoy greater freedom and confidence in participating in social and community activities.

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Here’s how PetCloud’s support workers can facilitate social and community participation for dog-owning NDIS Participants:

Local Support: NDIS Participants and their dogs are met at their homes and exploring dog friendly locations takes place at their local park, neighbourhood, local markets, or local dog friendly cafe.

Emotional Support: Participating in social activities can be overwhelming for some individuals with a history of trauma, anxiety, depression or psychosocial disabilities. Unsocialised pet dogs can be triggered by other dogs, causing panic attacks and physical activity goals being abandoned.  PetCloud support workers offer emotional support and companionship, providing reassurance and encouragement throughout the experience for the Participant to keep going.

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Support with Household tasks: PetCloud support workers can help with tasks such as feeding, backyard poo patrol, kitty litter and puppy mat clean up for a hygienic home, support with washing at home grooming, ensuring that their canine companion is well-cared for and ready to accompany them to social outings.

Dog Handling Skills: Some NDIS Participants may require assistance with managing their dog in social settings. PetCloud support workers are trained in dog handling techniques and can help ensure that the participant’s dog behaves appropriately in various environments.

Booking PetCloud Support Workers:

Booking PetCloud support workers for dog-owning NDIS Participants is a straightforward process. NDIS Participants or their support coordinators can simply request a quote from the PetCloud website. Our team will work closely with the participant or their coordinator to understand their specific needs and preferences, ensuring a personalised and seamless experience.

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