Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Community

COMMUNITY: Meeting the newest member of the SBitC team - Winnie the therapy dog!

20 December 2023

Community

COMMUNITY: Meeting the newest member of the SBitC team - Winnie the therapy dog!

20 December 2023

Here at Sky Blues in the Community we would like to give a warm welcome to our newest and furriest member of the team…Winnie the therapy dog!

Winnie has been recruited by her owner Johnny Szyndler, Mental health and wellbeing manager at SBitC, to provide therapeutic and emotional support to some of our more vulnerable participants on the various projects we carry out within the community.  

Pet therapy has grown significantly in popularity over the past decade, and it is now widely recognised as a valuable complementary therapeutic approach in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and rehabilitation centres.

The documented benefits of pet therapy have contributed to its popularity, leading to the establishment of formal programs and organisations dedicated to facilitating animal-assisted therapy interventions. 

Overall, the growing popularity of pet therapy can be attributed to its demonstrated benefits for emotional and physical well-being, its ability to facilitate social interaction, its positive impact on health, and its increasing acceptance within healthcare and community settings.  

Winnie who is a 5 year old Cavapoo, and who recently passed her therapy dog assessment, has already been making visits to SBitC’s Dementia Active project and proving to be a hit!  

One of our Dementia Active participants from our Coventry session commented: “It’s lovely to see such a sweet, calm little dog on our sessions. I had dogs when I was younger but now because of my limited mobility I can’t have them as pets anymore, but seeing Winnie coming in gives me my little fix and I look forward to her cuddles.” 

Johnny Szyndler, Health and Wellbeing Manager with SBitC, also added: “I first saw therapy dogs being used when I visited Birmingham Children’s Hospital several years ago. To watch how much a dog lifted the moods of these young children who were going through very traumatic experiences made me realise how beneficial animal therapy can be.” 

Winnie has been a huge success amongst not only our participants, but within our own staff and management team. If you see Winnie out and about at any of our sessions, be sure to come and say hello. It's certain you’ll get a furry cuddle in return! 

If you would like any further information on any of the above, please contact our offices on sbitc@sbitc.org.uk or alternatively you can call us on 02476 786 349. 


Advertisement block

iFollow Next Match Tickets Account