Cosyfeet Charity Work

Pets As Therapy

Pets As Therapy is our chosen Charity of the Year. We are raising money to help fund the important work that their volunteers and pets do to provide comfort, companionship and therapy to those in need.

About Pets As Therapy

Pets As Therapy is a humanitarian charity with people at their heart. Since their founding in 1983, it  has been at the forefront of community based Animal Assisted Therapy across the length and breadth of the UK. Today, Pets As Therapy is the largest organisation of its kind in Europe enhancing thousands of lives every single day.  What they do is beautiful in its simplicity; their inspiring and dedicated volunteers share their time and their wonderful pets with people in need.

Pets as Therapy - Carole and Millie

Their volunteers, along with their temperament-assessed dogs and cats, make regular visits to nursing homes, hospitals, hospices and day care centres. The volunteers spend time with the patients, residents or visitors, allowing them to stroke the PAT pets and enjoy some companionship. For pet lovers who no longer live in their own home, or elderly people who attend day care centres but can no longer own a pet, interacting with a PAT pet can bring great comfort and joy.

The very special brand of care, companionship and therapy that Pets As Therapy provides is being increasingly recognised by the medical profession. Volunteers are being asked to assist with stroke rehabilitation work and help people with phobias or mental health issues. Many schools are also now inviting Pets As Therapy dogs to spend time in the classroom and help children with reading difficulties.

For more information about the charity visit www.petsastherapy.org

Doing our bit to help

Cosyfeet wants to help Pets As Therapy continue their vital work. That’s why we will be donating 25p for every pair of our bestselling Holly or Richie slippers you buy this year. In previous years we have helped RVS, PDSA, Canine Partners, WRVS, BIBIC and Diabetes UK.

Holly slipper

Richie slipper

Cosyfeet Community Project Award

Win £750 for your Community Project

Do you help run a club or charity that benefits older people? Do you have a specific project that you’d like to get off the ground?

The Cosyfeet Community Project Award offers a one-off donation of £750 to registered charities or not-for-profit organisations and clubs who are working on local projects within the UK that support and enrich the lives of older people.

There are two awards of £750 each available – one for projects operating within Somerset (which is where Cosyfeet is based), and one for projects operating in another area of the UK.

We are particularly interested in projects that provide practical and emotional help, keep older people active or give them a chance to meet up with others – anything that may help older people feel less isolated and more involved within their community.

The next competition will be launched in the spring of 2019.

Winners of the 2018 Cosyfeet Community Award

West Faversham Community Centre is the proud winner of this year’s Cosyfeet Community Project Award. The £750 award will fund the purchase of three Samsung Galaxy tablets, which local teenagers will use to teach older people how to communicate online. The aim of the project is to reduce the loneliness and isolation that older members of the community can experience by teaching them to use email and social media to stay connected. Local teenagers are keen to help by volunteering as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

Tom (16) shows retired local resident Chris how to use a tablet
Tom (16) shows retired local resident Chris how to use a tablet

Street Men’s Shed is this year’s winner of the Cosyfeet Community Project Award for Somerset. The shed provides a meeting place for men to meet, communicate and create using the tools and equipment provided. Members use the Men’s Shed facilities for a diverse range of projects including making furniture and fencing as well as restoring objects such as grandfather clocks, vintage radios and fishing rods. There are currently 54 members, most of whom are men aged over 65, although membership is open to all. The £750 award will be used to purchase much-needed equipment such as a metal working lathe as well as other tools and materials.

Street Men’s Shed members at a Tuesday morning meeting. Left to right: Graham, Brian, Stuart, Richard, Phillipe, Trevor, Mike, Richard, Steve, Tim, Dave, Harry, David, Alf.
Street Men’s Shed members at a Tuesday morning meeting. Left to right: Graham, Brian, Stuart, Richard, Phillipe, Trevor, Mike, Richard, Steve, Tim, Dave, Harry, David, Alf.

Welcome To Our New Website

We hope you all enjoy our new website!

We’ve added some new functionality such as our ‘Company News’ and ‘Job Vacancies’ pages. These are blog style pages that we’ll update as and when exciting information arises.

Alongside these pages we’ve added functional maps to ‘Our Companies’ sub pages allowing you to more easily find your way to our shops based in Street, Somerset!

Our in-house photography provided the image of the iconic Glastonbury Tor that’s featured on our home page.