Paws and Pause

Social enterprise uses paw power to support mental health.

Caring for dogs is providing a route back into the workplace for vulnerable people in South London.

Paws and Pause is London’s only socially responsible dog daycare centre, providing work experience for people who are recovering from mental health difficulties. It offers a therapeutic environment where they can gain practical skills and build their confidence so that they are ready to start work again.

Paws and Pause was inspired by Grace Beards and Jodie Larsen – project workers turned entrepreneurs. They met when they worked together at St Mungo’s, the homelessness charity, on a project to support people recovering from addiction.

They were surprised by the lack of opportunities to provide placements for people in their care to work with animals.

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