Stockport Express

Students have a new buddy

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SEASHELL Trust students have made a new friend in former guide dog Josh.

The charity Guide Dogs runs a programme that provides trained dogs to help increase the communicat­ion, physical activity and social inclusion of visually impaired children and young people.

Practising with Josh, they can learn animal care skills in preparatio­n for possibly owning a guide dog themselves.

Bernie White, director of education at the Seashell Trust-run Royal College Manchester and Josh’s carer, said: “College students have responded wonderfull­y to Josh and a number of them have received additional training so they understand how to interact with him.

“They change his water, take him for a walk, play with him and are learning to give him instructio­ns. Students are now starting to learn how to groom him as part of the animal care project.”

Students at Seashell Trust in Cheadle Hulme have complex and severe learning disabiliti­es as well as being visually impaired or deafblind.

Bernie added: “Josh’s calm temperamen­t is perfect for the college environmen­t and staff have been delighted to observe students on our sensory course.”

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 ??  ?? Visually impaired Seashell Trust student Mohsin Jalil and learning support assistant Peter McKernan meet Josh the buddy dog
Visually impaired Seashell Trust student Mohsin Jalil and learning support assistant Peter McKernan meet Josh the buddy dog

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