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Something sweet has arrived in youth centres

24 August 2021

We’d like to introduce you to Cherry, a magnificent emotional support dog, trained by the Mira Foundation. New to the youth centres, this loveable furball helps young people from the DYP to recharge their emotional batteries and overcome difficult situations and challenges.

What is an emotional support dog?

Trained by the Mira Foundation, which trains their dogs with the goal of improving the lives of people in difficulty, Cherry has many roles to play:

  • She offers affection to the young people of the DYP
  • Supports them in the longer term as part of an intervention
  • Soothes them when they face stressful situations.

Le chien d’apaisement offre soutien affectif, bien-être et réconfort à son maître. Il l’apaise, l’aide à se calmer et à The dog provides soothing emotional support, wellbeing and comfort to its owners. It soothes them, helps to calm them down and channel their energy. It helps individuals suffering from anxiety disorders, living with mental health issues or diagnosed with ADHD.

Comfort and tenderness for the youths at the DYP

Cherry plays an essential role in the daily lives of the young people in youth centres. Her presence strengthens their sense of security and helps them overcome times that, according to their experience, can be very stressful. This might be a visit from a relative, a medical meeting, or testifying with the police. Cherry was also present during the Covid-19 vaccinations for 12- to 18-year-olds.

Cherry’s arrival is made possible thanks to the generosity of donors who help bring a breath of affection to the centres!

A heartfelt mention to Oven-Baked Tradition, a partner committed to providing Cherry’s food free of charge throughout the year. Thank-you!

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