We would like to welcome Raven a seven month old Labrador who visits the centre on a regular basis to allow the children and young people the opportunity to enjoy playing, brushing and learning all about him through his own all about me folder plotting his development and experiences at the centre.

Studies have found that petting a dog for just 15 minutes boosts the so-called "feel-good" hormones, serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin, and even lowers blood pressure by 10%, lower low mood and reduce the risk of developing depression.

Other studies have found that dogs in particular can support in decreasing the feelings of anxiety and sadness as well as increasing physical activity while significantly reducing agitation and aggression as well as other forms of challenging behaviour.

Raven has proven to be a great asset to the centre welcoming new and old members attending the centre and improving mood while lowering sensory overload. A soft quiet and calm puppy he is fully vaccinated and with all medical treatments and insurances in place.

It is planned that at nine to ten months Raven will start the full Pets as Therapy training.

Parents are asked to complete permission slips and are informed of his presence prior to attending each session.