We are delighted to announce that two of our projects were finalists at the first ever No Child Left Behind Awards on the 30th January. Our HALT project and Paws for Reading were both finalists in the ‘Fun and Fulfilment’ category, as well as HALT being a finalist in the ‘Positive Relationships’ category.
Paws for Reading is a fantastic project which we run alongside Prestbury Library. Paws for Reading aims to assist children with their reading as well as comforting a rescue animal during it’s stay at the shelter. The project runs every month and involves one of our dogs going to the library for the children to read to, as well as the children visiting the shelter to read to our cats and small animals. Through reading to the animals, it improves the children’s engagement and allows them to gain confidence with their reading.
Our education team have been running HALT for over 10 years. The project is designed for at risk youths who are referred to us from local councils, specialist schools, and parents. Students who come to us can come from varied backgrounds some who have not had the best start in life. They may be out of mainstream school, have behavioural issues, or lacking in confidence and suffering from anxiety. The project offers the children a sense of achievement and teaches them important life skills such as, compassion and respect towards others. As well as providing extra enrichment and training for our four-legged shelter residents.
For the duration of the two-week project the students are paired with a rescue dog who they will look after for the whole of the project. During their time they will clean, train, and walk their dog whilst learning about responsible pet ownership.
The NCLB awards took place at Cheltenham Town Hall and was a fantastic evening filled with entertainment and food. Most importantly the evening was an opportunity to recognise and showcase projects, groups, and services that make a difference to young people’s lives in Cheltenham.
We are proud to announce that our HALT project went on to win the NCBL ‘Fun and Fulfilment’ category. A few members of our team attended the event accepting the ward including Trustee Peggy Dyer, Manager Pete Newcombe, Education Team Debbie Morgan and Danielle Perry, and HALT students Lara and Mia.