Paws for Progress CIC is an innovative and ambitious social enterprise delivering the UK’s first prison-based dog training programme and providing Animal Assisted Intervention programmes across central Scotland. We work with children, young people and adults facing multiple disadvantages, engaging them in constructive and inspiring activities with animals help them engage in education, develop employability skills and enhance well-being.
Paws for Progress CIC (Community Interest Company) are looking for experienced professionals to join our Board of Directors. We are looking for motivated individuals who share our values and are enthusiastic about the potential of human-animal interactions to positively change lives.
Paws for Progress CIC (established in 2014) is dedicated to improving the lives of people and animals. We do this by developing and delivering educational programmes and tailored animal assisted interventions to groups in society most needing support. Our work can broadly be divided into services aimed at enhancing outcomes for children and young people, in community and educational settings, and services working within Scottish prisons to improve offender outcomes. Our rescue dog training programme at HMP & YOI Polmont established in 2011 continues to expand to benefit the students and dogs participating.
“The dogs—they change the way you think and the way you act. They trust you, it’s that mutual bond. You think you’re helping them but they’re helping you too.” Student, Paws for Progress.
Our prison based services provide valuable training, education and support to young people and adults in custody, who in turn provide training for our team of Ambassadogs, essential life skills for rescue dogs to help increase their chances of successful adoption, and advanced training for assistance dogs prior to their placement with families in the community.
Paws for Progress CIC is a small organisation, led by a Board with a range of backgrounds, and with an annual income over £200k and 5 full-time staff members. We would like to recruit several new Board members with relevant expertise in one or more of the following areas: social enterprise, financial management and income generation, human resources, compliance, communication and marketing, and/or with experience working in the third sector, education or criminal justice settings.
We are in a period of transition as we develop our business and we are seeking individuals who can support the organisation through the process of change, including those who could be interested in taking on a leadership role as incoming Chair of the Board (after a suitable induction period).
Board members are expected to attend approximately 6 Board meetings a year in Stirling, and other occasional events, and to be able to commit to approximately 4 hours a month towards Board activities. All Board roles are voluntary but out of pocket expenses to attend Board meetings and related events will be reimbursed.