Meet Our Team
Jo has owned dogs since a young age mainly Yorkshire Terriers. Once married she looked for her first family dog being a lovely Border Terrier called and has fallen in love with the breed since.
Jo has competed in obedience and agility competitions with IDTC. Since 2009 she became an assistant trainer and then a trainer.
Jo leads the weekly training sessions, helping members and their dogs with therapy related tasks and also assesses the Level 2 assessments and annual reassessments.
Beki Le Cheminant
Secretary & Trainer
Beki became involved in the world of dog training in 2010, when she got her first family dog, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Lucy.
Beki has been a committee member since the charity began in 2018 and more recently taken on the role of secretary. Her Springer Spaniel Cyan is a qualified therapy dog and they both do visits to offices and events.
As well as assisting with training and assesments, Beki also looks after the website and social media platforms for the charity keeping the community up to date on all the news and events that PFS part-take in.
Sandra Le Cheminant
Treasurer & Trainer
Sandra was asked to join the charity soon after the start in 2018 as Treasurer, working for Kemp & Company accountants for the past 12 years put her in good steed for dealing with the bookkeeping. She joined and has trained her Cavalier King Charles called Lucy and since being a qualified therapy dog, have been on many visits over the years enjoying the pleasure a visit from a therapy dog can bring. More recently she is now part of the training team helping to teach new members how to get the best from their dogs and preparing them for upcoming visits.
Chairperson & Head Trainer
Sara has been brought up in the company of dogs throughout her life, starting with family owed English Springer Spaniels and other breeds. Sara currently owns a variety of dogs ranging in age and breed from springers to chihuahuas. She breeds English Springer Spaniels and Sprockers. Sara owns her own business - Sarres (est 2014) that offers day care, home boarding and dog training.
Sara loves to learn as much as she can about dogs and their behavior and regularly does additional training to keep her knowledge and skills current. She also regularly delivers training to other local trainers including the PFS team.
Sara was a teacher for 21 years and uses this knowledge and experience to help build great relationships with the local schools, delivering staff training, school consultations and whole school assemblies. This helps make sure that local children know how to stay safe around dogs. She also does many regular visits to schools delivering bespoke programs with her therapy dogs.
Sara set up the charity with an amazing team of people who also saw her vision of how dogs can help people in a huge variety of ways. The charity is constantly expanding and developing. Sara oversees all training including the therapy dog training program and disability assistance public access training and testing.
Sandra Le Scanff
Sandra loves animals and more particularly horses and dogs. Sandra has been around horses since the age of 6 and had her first dog named Bingo (Miniature Schnauzer) in 2015. Bingo has taught her so much about behavior to dog activities. Bingo & Sandra have competed in agility and dog parkour as well as trick training. Sadly, she lost her horse Vally in September 2021 at 34 years of age, which means that she has now dedicated her spare time to PFS since January 2023 and she is helping the Assistant Dogs with her knowledge of tricks. It is wonderful how Dogs can bring so much JOY on our every day life!
My name is Shari and I first joined Paws for Support to train my dogs to become therapy dogs. One of which is Jack, who is one of two reading dogs attending Amherst School. Each week in term time, we have a small group of children who individually read to Jack. This is where we see the children's confidence grow and how they relate to Jack and enjoy reading to him. It is so rewarding and that is why I now have become an assistant trainer to hopefully encourage more people to also have this worthwhile experience. We also visit nursing homes and attend other events/premises when invited to do so. If it is something you feel you would like to do please get in touch with Paws for Support and we will be happy to assist.
Heather started dog training when she got her first dog, a GSD named Ava in 2014. When she got her second GSD, Vlad in 2020, she decided she wanted to train him to be a therapy dog. Vlad mainly attends the big events like Seafront Sundays, PFS Open Day and Christmas Fayres - mostly because he enjoys getting lost of fuss and pats there! As well as joining the training team, Heather also organizes the members social events for the charity.
Amanda joined PFS back in 2018 with her dogs Tilly and Ebony and is currently training her puppy Maddie to be a Therapy dog. Over the years Amanda has helped to organise the nursing home visits and enjoys doing regular visits with Ebony, she also helps as an extra pair of hands on some of the training weeks and as a test assessor.
Assessor & Safe Guarder
Sam has been a member of the charity since 2018 and more recently taken on the role of Safe Guarder and assessor along with helping at training sessions.
Sam currently does regular visits with her dog Kelly to Vale School as part of our Reading To Dogs Scheme where they both get a lot of out of seeing pupils and watching them grow in confidence and self esteem.