When HR Administrator Shaun Todd isn’t hard at work at Lincoln College, he spends his time volunteering as the Oxfordshire Area Coordinator for Canine Concern. Established in 1988 by Eve Waring, Canine Concern is a charity which brings Care Therapy Dogs to visit elderly, vulnerable people, children, and students suffering from stress, across the UK.
Stroking a dog has been proven to reduce blood pressure, anxiety, and stress. It is also great for our students who miss their own dogs whilst away at university. Visits from Canine Concern Therapy Dogs can benefit the welfare of our students (particularly during exam periods!) and we are proud to have been chosen as the pilot college for university visits in Oxfordshire. Shaun’s dog Chip (pictured below) visited the MCR in January and proved a real hit with our students. The next canine visit will take place tomorrow, with Joy and her Shih Tzu Bruno visiting the JCR.
Lincoln College is also helping to raise money to support Canine Concern. We recently acquired coin massage chairs (also good stress relievers!), with 10% of the profits from the usage of these chairs going to Canine Concern.
Become a friend of the charity, or help them to fundraise, in order to bring the comfort of canine companionship to more individuals. Find out more at http://www.canineconcernoxfordshire.wordpress.com.