Our Impact Our Schools Loxdale Primary Loxdale Primary School, based in Wolverhampton undertook the HugglePetsCIC Animal Assisted Intervention Programme to help improve the wellbeing of their pupils following the pandemic and closure of schools. Having chosen the 'Anxiety and Low Mood' six week programme for their pupils, they even enjoyed a visit from the Royal Couple, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Feedback from Teachers include: Kadison has always been fairly quite in class, however staff have now recognised a growth in his confidence and self-esteem. He speak positively about HugglePets and I know he has really enjoyed all of it! He has calming strategies - breathing technique and he says he has loved learning all about the animals Class Teacher Zac is more confident to speak to peers in a larger group. He is keen to explain about the animals he has seen during the sessions. Class Teacher Anya, with the Duchess of Cambridge in the Community Aquarium Scarlett, with Shelly the Tortoise Anya and the Duchess, with Barbara the Bearded Dragon The Group & TRH's, with Millie the Therapy Rabbit Their Royal Highnesses meeting Rusty the Chameleon Kadison and the Duke, with Gus the Guinea Pig The programme has helped Anya share her worries and she has been able to share them with more people in her family. She discussed the fact that telling people about her worries help her to tackle the worry. She has become a little more confident. Class Teacher Feedback from Therapist include: Zac showed an impressive ability to engage well with some activities on his own. He was able to identify important people in his life and particularly enjoyed Babs the Bearded Dragon and Rusty the Chameleon. The presence of animals seemed to help Zac feel more confident to take part in the activities and talk in front of the group. Kadison seemed to hold back from volunteering his opinion in the group, however he completed all tasks and engaged well with any questions he was asked about his feelings and interests. This promoted the ability to understand himself as well as his needs. We are pleased to have been part of these positive changes within young people who are struggling with their mental health. If your school would like to book a 6 week Animal Assisted Intervention programme then please Click Here to enquire.