In the run-up to examinations, it’s normal to feel a little stressed…. so step in Dylan the Therapy Dog! Dylan, aged 9, and a Cavalier King Charles, was trained by Inspirations staff member Sharon Burrows to work with young people. Inspirations is part of Red2Green, a local charity which supports people with learning disabilities, on the autistic spectrum (ASD) or living with mental ill health. Dylan has been trained since he was very young to remain calm in all situations – and he loves being patted. He also visits the University of Cambridge to help ASD students with stress.
Dylan was invited to Long Road by Tina Abbott, Head of Academic Support and Welfare. Our students very much enjoyed meeting him and giving him a pat – and all he asked for in return was a drink and a walk around the beautiful college grounds. A real stress-buster!
Tina says: “We are extremely grateful to Sharon for bringing in Dylan, along with some of his friends from Red2Green.
“Other ways students can help to reduce their stress is to attend our drop–in sessions, where they can talk through their anxieties, develop practical strategies and try out Mindfulness in a short session. We also have an information desk in the Student Centre with guidance and tips on how to deal with stress and anxiety, and on Moodle (the college Virtual Learning Environment) there are resources and links to helpful websites. Finally, we have ‘calm colouring’ sessions in the Study skills Centre during break times.”
To see more photographs, go to Dylan the Therapy Dog on the college Facebook page.