Dog friendly social enterprise receives funding boost

A Letchworth social enterprise, set up to provide dog training in the local area, has received a £10,000 grant to improve its facilities for the community.   

Woof n Wag, a not for profit training service established in 2018, provides a community hub for dog owners and their pets to come together in a safe and supportive environment.  The grant from the Heritage Foundation has covered the costs of a new 500 metre perimeter fence to make it more secure for dogs and their owners to enjoy their training session. 

Founding Director, Vicky Smith, said: “The funding has transformed the Woof n Wag centre. Owners can bring their dogs to a safe facility knowing they can receive support and training to help to enjoy their pets. We are very grateful to the Heritage Foundation for their support.”

The facility on Stotfold Road provides a large outdoor space for training and socialising dogs, so owners can be confident in their pets’ behaviour when walking in public spaces. Vicky continued: “Dogs are wonderful companions but over the years I have seen cases where owners struggle with their pets because they have not had the right training.  This can result in the dogs getting into a cycle of bad behaviour meaning the owner does not enjoy their time with their own dog. More importantly, people can also be put off by the cost.  That is why our centre is a great place for dog owners to come for affordable training, support and guidance and to socialise with other people.”

In addition to offering training services, Woof n Wag holds monthly socialisation walks at parks around Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. The walks are free and are a great way to build on the training and meet other dog owners. All are welcome to take part.

Alastair Stewart, Head of Grants, Partnerships and Community Services for the Heritage Foundation, added: “We are very pleased to support Woof n Wag on its journey as a new social enterprise providing this valuable service to the community.

“Our Grants Programme is a great way for local groups, clubs and individuals to receive much-needed funding to improve facilities, run a new programme and support developing talent.  Last year, the Foundation awarded more than £400,000 in grants and we are on course to do the same this year.”

The Heritage Foundation’s Grants Programme is made up of six categories. The grants aim to benefit Letchworth residents and are linked to the charitable objectives of Heritage and Environment, Recreation and Leisure, Education and Learning and Health and Wellbeing. Local or national organisations, community/voluntary groups or individuals looking to make a difference can apply.