Surrey Choices customers have been getting up close with some furry friends and unusual animals, from kittens to centipedes, after completing a new pet project.
Customers from Surrey Choices Lockwood Hub, in Guildford, have completed a six month pet care project, and have all passed the entry level one certificate.
Surrey Choices, a social care provider, supports people with a range of abilities to find the best care, activities and services for their needs across Surrey.
The Lockwood centre is easily accessible and is an active base for people with disabilities, with a focus on learning disabilities. Activities are designed to suit the needs of everyone, and work with local experts to give opportunities to try something new such as swimming, gardening and cooking.
The project was developed by Sarah Platt, day service officer for Lockwood, after customer feedback showed a keen interest in animals and caring for pets.
Four customers took part in the weekly course, attending sessions held at Pets at Home and Milbrook RSPCA. The sessions were fun and informative, introducing the customers to variety of animals and teaching them about pet responsibility.
Speaking of the course, Sarah said: “It has been a great experience for our customers, who talk fondly of owning pets in the past. The course has given people the opportunity to get up close with some unusual pets and animals, including snakes, water dragons and centipedes.
“The course has proved to be a great success, and our customers have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Entry level two will begin in April, and we are looking to include pony and horse care. We are all very excited by the pet project and will hopefully be looking to expand in the future.”