Dogs Connect is excited to be partnering with Bendigo Community Health Services to improve mental health in schools across the City of Greater Bendigo. The new joint partnership is supported by the Victorian Department of Health’s Integrated Health Promotion across the City of Greater Bendigo. Now in its second year, its main aim is for [...]
Dogs have a special way of connecting people and, in particular, children. It is for this reason that dogs are finding a place in classrooms to provide much needed companionship for children who benefit from emotional and social support at school. Read the full article here.
The McIvor Times- November 21st, 2018 Holy Rosary Principal Paul Dullard hasn't seen too many students fit in as well as Bridie. The Labradoodle was a hit with staff and students when she started visiting the school with Grant Shannon. Read the full article here.
Euroa Gazette- Wednesday November 7, 2018 EUROA Secondary Students received a visit from some furry friends last week, with the second installation of the Dogs Connect Program getting underway. Dogs Sonny and Jack, along with their human helper Grant visited the students to help discuss body language, movement and empathy. The session was aimed [...]
Bendigo Weekly, Oct 5 2018 The very sight of a dog sitting in a classroom can add a sense of security and warmth to children. “It is something about the dog which reminds the children of a family environment, a child will connect to a dog and the relationship provides huge emotional benefits,” Grant Shannon [...]
4 October 2018, WIN NEWS The Dogs Connect team enjoyed catching up with Abigail Blaikie from Win News and sharing how the Dogs Connect program has grown and spread across regional Victoria. Abigail came to visit California Gully Primary School and meet their dog Milli and pick up where she left off with Sonny. [...]
Dogs are Helping Students with Mental Health Issues in some Victorian schools, as part of a new program
Sky News Breakfast - Thanks to the team at Sky News for telling the Dogs Connect story on Wednesday 19th September 2018.
ABC Central Victoria- 17th September, 2018 DOGS HELPING KIDS IN THE CLASSROOM With one in seven primary and secondary students experiencing a mental health issue, schools are searching for new ways to support children’s emotional and social well-being to improve engagement and learning. The Dogs Connect program began in Bendigo and involves introducing a [...]