Collyer’s staff and students recently welcomed ‘Pets as Therapy’ volunteers and their dogs, who came in to spend an afternoon at the Ofsted outstanding sixth form college.
As part of Collyer’s Wellbeing Week, students signed up for a specific slot and spent time with their chosen dog and to chat to the volunteers.
Helen Mayer Dean, Collyer’s Director of Study Support and Student Wellbeing, organised the event with Patricia Bland, who is Voluntary Area Co-ordinator & Temperament Assessor for Pets As Therapy. Helen was delighted: “The event was hugely successful and really had a positive impact on student wellbeing. Our students stated that they ‘loved it’ and asked whether they could stay longer. Some even stayed for the entire afternoon!” Working with Patricia were fellow volunteers Yvonne Adam, Kevin Crump, Tania Edwards, Julie Garner, Jane Griffiths, Rowena Harris and Emma MacDonald.
Deputy Principal Steve Martell said: “It was great to see so many students and staff take up the opportunity and it was a really uplifting afternoon. Fleurie, Magnus, Pepper, Anouk, Hardy, Teddie, Nancy and Holly were a credit to their owners!” Assistant Principal Andrea John added: “Helen and I are hoping to make these visits a regular part of our wellbeing provision. Massive thanks to Patricia Bland and fellow volunteers for bringing in their gorgeous dogs!”