Canine Partners

Canine Partners have extraordinary voluntary Trustee opportunities to make a positive and sustained difference, not only to the lives of adults with disabilities, but also to their families and communities.

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Who we are

Canine Partners trains assistance dogs to transform the lives of adults with physical disabilities and their wider community of family, friends and colleagues. Our values are excellence, respect, passion, teamwork, innovation and ‘the personal touch’. The charity has two training hubs, in West Sussex and Leicestershire, and a national network of staff and volunteers, supporting and developing our dogs from birth through to partnership then retirement (and beyond) with their welfare and care prioritised throughout.

Our teams work with adults with a wide range of complex physical disabilities as they partner with dogs and benefit from the deeply rewarding bonds that are formed. The Canine Partners team of over 100 staff includes occupational therapists, highly skilled dog trainers, experts in dog breeding, veterinary professionals, and skilled support teams working alongside around a thousand volunteers who help at every stage of the journey to creating life-changing partnerships between dogs and people.

What is involved in our Trustee role for Canine Partners


The Canine Partners Trustee Board is diversely talented, highly engaged and united in its purpose. It works closely with the Chief Executive and senior management team to ensure Canine Partners effectively delivers its mission and is governed to the highest standards.


We are seeking to attract new Trustees who will use their skills, experience and expertise to make a real difference to our well-respected and growing charity. You will possess strategic vision, organisational acumen and a passion to support adults with disabilities and their network.


Trustees of Canine Partners will possess the right balance of skills, commitment, interests and motivations to serve the needs of the charity at the time. This will be determined in line with the strategic needs and the profile of the other members of the Council of Trustees.


We ask for a commitment of attendance at our meetings, five to six board meetings per year. Our meetings are a combination of online and face-to-face. We ask you to read associated documentation and contribute to discussions. During our meetings, we debate important decisions robustly, drawing on many different perspectives, and always prioritising the interests of our beneficiaries. Decisions made in these meetings are delivered with collective responsibility, so it is important that Trustees feel empowered to question the Officers and Executive accordingly.

In addition, Trustees may be asked to offer their skills, expertise and insight into specific projects and/or support Executive arms of the Charity in determining and delivering strategic objectives. This offers the opportunity to both broaden and deepen knowledge and understanding of the work of Canine Partners and, more broadly, a complex skills-led organisation.


The board celebrates the charity’s values and leads by example. 



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Our commitment to diversity & inclusion

Trustees Unlimited believes that diverse boards strengthen society. We will strive to remove the barriers that prevent people from applying to become trustees and help our clients to recruit and support people with a wide range of skills and lived experience.

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