Here at Works4U, we have access to Raglands Farm in Hyde; a site that gives our students the opportunity to discover over fifty different animals, where they can also study a Level One Qualification in Work-based Animal or take part in Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) to improve their well-being.
AAT is a type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment; the goal being to improve a learners social, emotional, or cognitive functioning. Advocates state that animals can be useful for educational and motivational effectiveness for participants. This information came from Wilson’s (1984) biophilia hypothesis, which is based on the premise that our attachment to and interest in animals stems from the strong possibility that human survival was partly dependent on signals from animals in the environment indicating safety or threat. The biophilia hypothesis suggests that now, if we see animals at rest or in a peaceful state, this may signal to us safety, security and feelings of well-being which in turn may trigger a state where personal change and healing are possible.