With thanks to commissioning services and funding by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, we have been able to deliver a range of Animal-Assisted Education, Animal-Assisted Therapy, Animal-Assisted Activity and ‘gardening for health’ programmes.
Drawing upon the unique way that our team of animals, staff and volunteers, are able to motivate, engage and empower, we have been able to monitor and evidence positive changes in attendance, exclusion, attitude and behaviour within secondary schools, academies and alternative provisions for young people across Fenland, including; Octavia TBAP AP Academy and Thomas Clarkson Academy.
Our ‘dogs and young people learning together’ project has helped us reach out, inspire and re-engage young people whose challenging behaviour and mental health needs stops them reaching their true potential in education.
Introducing young people to opportunities that they would never have otherwise had, this project has gone further to reach the wider community, creating life changing positive connections amongst over 300 of those most isolated, an area in highlighted as being in the top 10% of most deprived of England, Fenland.
Utilising the non-judgemental appeal of therapy dogs; selected for their character, motivation, and nature, our highly skilled multi-disciplinary team initially collaborated with 2 secondary schools to provide a series of intensive goal-orientated animal-assisted therapeutic activities.
TBAP Octavia AP Academy, a secondary alternative provision supporting young people experiencing difficulties with their learning and behaviour in mainstream school, tasked us with reaching the hardest to reach group for this project, and here is what we achieved from just 8 weeks!
“We have seen a decrease in challenging behaviours, decrease in exclusions, increase in achievement points and increase in attendance.”
Reduced exclusions, improved attendance, reduced challenging behaviour, development of social skills, better at listening, making friendships, improved self-confidence, more exercise and physical awareness, better ability to concentrate and focus.