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New home visiting partnership brings four-legged friendship to elderly dog lovers living alone

Written by Samantha Lade, Donr

Published on Monday, 13th August 2018

New home visiting partnership brings company and friendship to elderly dog lovers in their own homes

A North East based charity have just launched an innovative new partnership to enable more elderly dog lovers to continue to enjoy the friendship of a dog, whilst also combatting social isolation.

Charity Wag and Company have teamed up with the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to see their home visit project come to life.

Currently, up to 12,000 older people in Northumberland are estimated to feel lonely 'often' or' always'.

Wag and Company now hope that their work with the Trust will bring both joy, and several positive health benefits, to those being visited in their own homes.

This is the first time the charity have teamed up with an NHS trust – although the charity were carrying out home visit on referral on a much smaller scale prior to the NHS partnership.

Wag and Company's friend John Robson is met weekly by his 'Visiting Wag Team' of Sean and Alfie (pictured above).

John lost his wife of 60 years, Nora, 6 years ago, and he also lost his much loved border terrier Mick who was 20 years old. 

Bereaved and alone, Sean and Alfie started visiting John in his Cramlington home 5 months ago, and now visit him every week. John says that the visits have given him a wonderful lift, adding: 'It's the most wonderful thing that ever happened to me!'

The story of the relationship between John, Sean and Alfie is just one of many incredible friendships between Wag and Company's Visiting Wag Teams and their elderly friends.

The charity said: 'We're delighted to be working with Northumbria Healthcare Trust to make a different to the lives of even ore older people in Northumberland and know that his new partnership will be the start of many more beautiful friendships.'

To find out more information about the partnership and the work of Wag and Company, please visit their website.