Local students from Cornwall and Devon are benefitting from a community dog.
Vocational and Work Related Studies staff at Cornwall College Saltash introduced a community dog to the department due to the amount of research that outlines the benefits to students.
Team Lead for Vocational and Work Related Studies at Cornwall College Saltash, Michelle Lobb, said it has been “great to see how the learners interact with our dog Buddy”.
“He is so calm and this has a positive effect on the learners,” she continued.
“A lot of our feeder schools have a dog so we have found it has really aided the transition from school to college.”
Vocational and Work Related Studies student, Lauren Whittaker, explained that if she is “having a bad day”, seeing Buddy “really makes me feel happier”.
“I find it really relaxing stroking him,” she added.
Fellow Vocational and Work Related Studies student, Jai Sharpe, agreed and said it is “nice to have Buddy here as it is calming”.
“He always loves attention and I enjoy petting him.”
Vocational and Work Related Studies offer courses that help learners’ upskill, decide on the vocational course that best match their skill set and prepare them for employment.