Employment Support

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We are committed to inclusion of opportunity at Cariad Pet Therapy as we are a Disability Confident Employer.


Cariad Pet Therapy has received funding from the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government to support people who have been out of work for 12 months or more (long term unemployed) or are neither employed nor unemployed (economically inactive) to enable them to return to a work environment, by:

  • offering and signposting meaningful volunteer placements and aspirational employment opportunities.

  • providing vocational training to raise skills, knowledge, and confidence.

  • utilising strengths and interests as the key foundations to see value in the workplace.

  • enabling a socially inclusive work environment that ensures equality for all with an emphasis on wellness and emotional health.

  • increasing interpersonal interactions where it is safe to do so.

  • reducing terms and labelling of people that act as a barrier to engagement.


The Active Inclusion project helps people who are over 25 and are in one or more of the following categories identified by the funding body as: aged 54+, from the BME community, are within a jobless household, are low skilled, are a carer or have a work limiting health condition. This use of this categorisation is to be referenced minimally only within the documentation of the project.

The project called Arcaid (an anagram of Cariad) is running from January – December 2022.

The project provides short term placements to help people move onto further volunteering, self-employment, or employment. Our first participant who started in January has progressed into a paid employment role with us for 21 hours per week from April 2022.


The placements are run from the Cariad Pet Food Bank. The work elements include the running of the established Cariad Pet Food Bank, delivery driving, operation of a clothing printing enterprise, and the making and selling of pet related merchandise.

The overarching benefits of the Arcaid project within Pembrokeshire include the delivering of economic growth and jobs, helping to build a thriving and prosperous economy, raising skills, helping people into work, improving the lives of people and communities and tackling poverty, and ensuring equal opportunities for all.

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