Key priority area: Social isolation and loneliness
Funding awarded: £1881
COVID-19 has badly affected the groups of people PEACE visit. We are therefore determined to increase the number of PEACE Teams (therapy dog plus a pastoral carer) in order to meet the high demand for support and companionship, and thereby help to alleviate loneliness and isolation in Aberdeen. Studies show that the presence of a dog can help lower an individual’s heart rate and thereby their anxiety, especially whilst stroking the animal. This calming ability is the basis of Canine Therapy. The PEACE dog provides a comforting presence and a positive distraction. The Pastoral Carer is there to offer support and companionship to the person being visited. Together, the Pastoral Carer and PEACE dog form a 'PEACE Team'.