Published: Friday 26 March 2021
Jack the Therapy Dog to Support in the Return of Face-to-Face Sessions for Local Families
East Staffordshire Family Support Service (Harvey Girls and Dads4Dads) are re-launching their face-to-face sessions for families in accordance with Covid-19 Government guidelines.
As part of the planned return to face-to-face sessions in April 2021, families and their children will be able to enjoy the company of Jack, the therapy dog at East Staffordshire Family Support Service.
The sessions are aimed at enabling families to enjoy meeting other parents while having fun and interacting with their children, learning new skills both practical and around interacting with children. The charity is planning a range of engaging activities and events, including time spent with their therapy dog.
It is hoped that Jack, a Border Collie, will not only bring energy and excitement to the families but also health benefits for the children – especially children with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities).
Ian North, Chief Executive, said: ‘Interaction between children and animals can play a big part in a child’s development.
‘Not only can it help to develop social and emotional skills, but over a period of time can also help children with speech and emotional disorders, reduce anxiety and lower feelings of isolation.
‘Some children living with autism or other complications, such as ADHD, can be more comfortable interacting with pets than people.
‘This is an exciting time for Jack to support our face-to-face sessions as we start to re-launch and re-engage with our families in a Covid-secure way.’
The charity will be announcing dates when its face-to-face sessions will return.
For more information call 01283 533449 or email: [email protected]