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What is GNR?

The Great North Resource Community Interest Company has been established to meet Health needs, through blending the proven benefits from Walking and positive interaction with Dogs.

The aim is to engage with individuals, their families, support agencies and health care professionals, to identify effective strategies which address the needs of the person.

It is recognised that everyone is unique and plans need to reflect this. There is no “one size fits all” approach. The principle is to develop a community* of people who derive positive outcomes from the experience they enjoy with GNR.

In keeping with the individual nature of each approach, agreed priorities will be set and care plans formulated to address them.

Whether the goal is to prevent deterioration, improve a condition, or work toward a lasting solution, our dedicated team will work to it, within a framework of support and respect.

Plans will be regularly reviewed with all interested parties, keeping strategies fresh and relevant.

It is our belief that the combination of walking, animal interaction and social stimulation will deliver measurable Health Benefits that exceed those attributable to each element.

*A definition of Community

“a social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics or interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists”.


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GNR is looking to run a series of pilot schemes to engage with people facing a variety of health challenges. GNR is allied to the Stray Aid Charity, based in Coxhoe.

The concept is to deliver improvements in health, through promoting interaction between people and the dogs in the kennels. This can be in the form of walking on local pathways (including the Limestone Linx and Hardwick Park), petting and grooming animals and/ or providing opportunities for voluntary work in the activities of the Charity.

An initial pilot has been conducted with a gentleman suffering from Dementia, which prov...

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