It all started with an educational talk to the pupils in the Croft, a specialist unit for autistic children.
It quickly became clear that the pupils were very knowledgable about animals and were fascinated to learn about how the charity trained dogs to assist humans. A return visit to the Croft by Sarah and the lovely demo dog Hamlet, was extremely well received, particularly when he showed off his prowess by opening the security door with his paws. A round of applause ensued!
A team of volunteers consisting of Bev, Sheena, Chris, ably assisted by puppy in training, Waveney presented to year 8, with Sarah and Hamlet joining the team for a year 11 event.
As a consequence the school held a coffee morning to raise funds and the educational talk will now be integrated into the year 8 curriculum, giving Canine Partners a regular presence in the school.
Amanda Knight, Senior Assistant Headteacher said ‘It is inspiring to see how much the dogs are able to do and what a difference they can make to someone’s life. Whoever said do not work with children and animals has never worked with these children and animals!’