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Youths build new skills thanks to Belfast pet service

Muddy Paws volunteers Caoimhe Tumelty and Cillian Webster with harrier hounds Dexter and Murphy
Muddy Paws volunteers Caoimhe Tumelty and Cillian Webster with harrier hounds Dexter and Murphy
Claire Williamson

By Claire Williamson

A dog walking and grooming social enterprise is aiming to make a difference to the lives of young people in Belfast.

It received a £1,000 Social Enterprise Investment Programme grant from the Housing Executive to support charity MACs - who work with children and young people leaving the care system, experiencing homelessness, substance abuse, self-harm or mental health issues - to help them develop a new pet service called Muddy Paws.

Providing training and employment opportunities for 47 young people aged 16-25 who are not in education, employment or training, the Muddy Paws project is helping participants to gain a broad range of skills, from business administration to animal handling.

Potential participants can get involved by 02890313163 or via muddypaws@macsni.org.

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