Last month Jo welcomed Therapy Dogs Nationwide to a Parliamentary Reception to celebrate the work of the charity. Fifteen therapy dogs from across the country attended with their owners, giving MPs a chance to learn about the important work of Therapy Dogs Nationwide. Therapy Dogs Nationwide (TDN) is a volunteer-led charity that provides therapy dog sessions to places as diverse as schools, hospitals, prisons and nursing homes.
Therapy dogs, selected for their temperament, provide a calming influence and reassuring presence during the sessions. In schools, TDN hold ‘Paws and Read’ sessions, where children respond positively to a calm, non-judgemental reading partner.
The Parliamentary drop in, sponsored by Jo, was attended by dozens of MPs and ministers, including Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock MP, Social Care Minister Caroline Dinenage MP and Prisons Minister Robert Buckland QC MP.
Jo became aware of the work of Therapy Dogs Nationwide through local therapy dog Gunner and his owner Lois, who has previously featured on Jo's website.
Jo said: “It was fantastic to see so many MPs and ministers celebrating the work of Therapy Dogs Nationwide. It was great to meet the charity’s volunteers and learn about the benefits of therapy dog sessions. I enjoyed meeting the dogs who were all exceptionally well behaved and who provide a calming influence for all at their sessions.”
More information about Therapy Dogs Nationwide can be found on their website www.tdn.org.uk