Animal therapies As an outdoor environment the Farm can aid in the relief of stress and anxiety, whilst also refocusing the mind. Interacting with animals within a broad range of tasks can facilitate the increased concentration, mental wellbeing and physical health. The sessions are focused within the field of animal care. The morning session is based on the animal’s essential requirements known as the ‘routine’ which includes feeding, bedding, cleaning and daily health checks. Further sessions involve broader animal care tasks that vary seasonally, dependant on the animal’s needs. Young people gain understanding of animal behaviour, the care and needs of animals and the clerical and legislative aspect of animal care. Sessions develop confidence, knowledge and skills such as motor skills, animal handling and team work. We encourage and develop a work ethic with emphasis on punctuality and preparation with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment.SOFT OUTCOMESCommunication skills - are developed while carrying out animal care tasks especially during team activities in the form of verbal and non-verbal communication.Self-management skills - are nurtured through positive attitude promoting self-awareness and encouraging responsibility and initiative. Young people are encouraged to identify their own strengths and weaknesses and to set their own goals to aid progression.HARD OUTCOMESThe Animal Care sessions offer a broad range of Practical Skills for varying skill sets. The technical skills we deliver encompass; professional agricultural knowledge, literacy and numeracy through the delivery of practically, commercially viable expertise. The young people who excel within the area of animal care are able to gain further responsibility contributing to their application of becoming a Young Person Assistant.ACCREDITATIONThe work within Animal Care counts towards Unit 217, 415-424 of the City & Guilds Skills for Working Life Qualification and Level 1 Land Based Studies. It also plays an integral role in the application for Further Education courses in Animal Care at Pencoed College.