Julia's Volunteering Story

Posted by Victoria Leedham

Julia has been a puppy socialiser for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People down in Exeter for just over three years now. As someone who grew up with dogs, Julia was keen to have one in her family home. However, upon hearing about our Charity and the work we do, she decided to get involved with our puppy socialising scheme instead. This was particularily important to Julia and her family as close relatives suffer from hearing loss and she wanted to be able to help make a difference.

"All the puppies steal a piece of your heart in some way. They are all different but helping them to grow up and be ready to change someone's life is a real joy. It is always sad to say goodbye to them. When we have a new puppy the girls fall in love with it, don’t like leaving it alone and don’t ever want it to go! However, by the time the puppy is ready to move on for final training they just look forward to the prospect of having a new puppy in the house. This means they handle the puppy leaving better than us", Julia comments.

"Nelly our second puppy spent time in work at a nuclear power station, she was a real hit with his colleagues and had a great time. She even got to star in the EDF Energy magazine! We've had requests for when the next puppy can come in, which will hopefully be soon and we hope she’ll enjoy it as much as Nelly did. Kit our current puppy is coming towards the end of her first few months with us and she's been a delight!" (Nelly is pictured below).


When we asked if Julia would recommend volunteering to anyone else she replied, "Of course! Just do it, because you only have to watch films about recipients and hear their stories to understand how life changing the dogs can be to them. There are so many people looking for dogs but the Charity is not able to keep up with this, so the more of us volunteering the more people's lives can be changed by having a hearing dog supporting them."


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Victoria Leedham

Hello, I’m Victoria and Head of Volunteering at Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. It’s my privilege to celebrate and share stories about our wonderful volunteer family.

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