Mark Prisk MP welcomed Therapy Dogs Nationwide - and some of their furry helpers - to the Houses of Parliament. The organisation is a national charity where visiting volunteers take their own dogs into establishments to give comfort, distraction, and stimulation.
Dogs have been used in the care sector for over 40 years. The benefits of Animal Assisted Therapies (AAT) have been extensively studied and the results range from improvement in general health and wellbeing to increased confidence levels, improved and controlled movement to improved communication skills.
Volunteers and Therapy Dogs work with a wide group of people within the community. The charity's work in residential care homes improves communication in residents and patients by evoking memories and stimulating conversation. Therapy Dogs Nationwide dogs have also shown to help with special needs and autistic children and adults by giving focus and providing a calming environment.
You can find out more about Therapy Dogs Nationwide HERE