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A Helping Paw!

Check out an article I wrote for the brand new Holistic Magazine (P56-57). This great new magazine is the brainchild of Holistic Directory Founder and magazine editor, Sophie Jewry. The Holistic Directory is one of the fastest growing directories of holistic services in the UK.

A Helping Paw

A Dream come True

This famous song just about sums up the magic of recent developments. Jiminy Cricket, the famous Pinochio’s conscience, sang this song whilst gazing up at the stars. Whilst, as a child I found the film quite scary (the fear of being lost, not to mention mislead or being swallowed up by a giant whale…) there were elements of it that I always remembered. Jiminy’s song being one of them.

I have always been a believer in the possibility of making dreams a reality. I came to the conclusion many years ago, that I could not rely on other people to make my dreams come true; nobody knew as well as I do what my dreams actually are. Only I could do that. Hence the years of research, persistence, determination, passion and focus. Yes my goals have moulded and morphed over the years a little but the main premise remains – to enhance people’s relationships with animals, to research that relationship and to make it as positive as possible for everyone involved including the animals!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is this that has been driving me on for months now and continues to fuel my determination to make HumAnima CIC a success. And slowly but surely things are happening. Good things.

HumAnima CIC is now a proud Member of Social Enterprise West Midlands (SEWM). 

We will be receiving our members certification at the beginning of September and Flossie will be attending too!

Flossie will be joining me at Walsall Independent Living Centre on the 30th September 2012. We will be presenting to both staff and service users at a Children & Family Day about Animal Assisted Therapy and the work that HumAnima CIC is developing.

Recently, I have been interviewed by Nitya of Udo and these interviews have been […]

NEW DATE: “Animal Assisted Therapy in Counselling” course – 6th October 2012

Following the success of our first course, the next “Animal Assisted Therapy in Counselling” course will be taking place on the 6th October 2012 at Keele Sustainability Hub, Keele University, Staffordshire.

For more details or to book a place, please email Kathryn at info(at)humanima.co.uk

Animal Assisted Therapy in Counselling course flyer

Success WILL come if you work hard enough!

It’s been a VERY busy month with lots happening. On the 18th May I presented to a group of people interested or already involved in Care Farming at a small care farm in Shopshire. The location was stunning and whilst the weather wasn’t fantastic, it was good enough for us to go for  a brief tour after lunch to see some of the animals on the farm. The course looked at “Animal Assisted Therapy in Care Farming” and addressed the history of Animal Assisted Therapy, the background to Care Farming, AAT’s potential role in Care Farming, possible techniques and of course, the all essential Health & Safety! The day went very well and feedback was more than encouraging and gave me the little “oomph” I needed to prepare for the “Animal Assisted Therapy in Counselling” course.

Here is one of the feedback comments:

      ” I thought what a lovely lass she was. All the content and information was there, and it was in informative bite sized chunks. I really enjoyed it. When I saw how she relaxed with the animals I almost wished we had done things the other way around, as she positively shone from then on.”

Well that was all the encouragement I needed to get myself into gear and prepare for the upcoming “Animal Assisted Therapy in Counselling” course. The course took place on the 9th June at Keele Sustainability Hub at Keele University, Staffordshire. It was very well attended on the day with a comfortable group size and no sooner did the click hit 9:30am than people started coming through the door. Delegates were welcomed enthusiastically by Flossie, who went up to each person, sniffed and wagged and waited for a fuss. […]

HumAnima CIC – Start with Why!

Some weeks back a dear friend of mine introduced me to a FANTASTIC Ted Talk by Simon Sinek, entitled “How great leaders inspire action”. The talk starts by asking the question why certain companies and individuals are successful – “There’s something else at play here” says Simon. He suggests that there is a pattern that all successful individuals and companies follow that he has called “The Golden Circle”. In short, these inspired leaders and organisations all communicate WHY they do what they do, WHY they exist, WHY they are different. This made an quite an impact on me especially as I always had an immense aversion to any form of sales.

This week, I attended a conference in Birmingham hosted by Social Enterprise West Midlands at the lovely Concept Conference Centre. The event was very well attended and with a jam packed programme I honestly didn’t think I would last the day. The subject matter? “Open Innovation”. Now what is more innovative and unique than an approach that is very fresh and new here in the UK, not familiar to many and unusual? Not to mention the business structure is a new type of structure, a Community Interest Company and a social enterprise. Pretty innovative huh? So I decided to tootle along and see what I could learn.

The day looked at several social enterprises that were being innovative and unique in their own special way – Start Again CIC (whose creator, Mark I had heard speak before) is an amazing social enterprise which came about as a result of one young man recognising a need for those struggling with their mental well-being that might be addressed in a more holistic way by working on their physical well-being, social skills […]

New Exciting Course: Animal Assisted Therapy in Counselling – 9th June 2012 @ Keele Sustainability Hub

Come and join us for this exciting new course that we’ve developed here at HumAnima CIC!

Natural Horsemanship & Us

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to go on a days course entitled “Introduction to Natural Horsemanship” at Kingdom Horse CIC near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. The course had been arranged by Kingdom Horse CIC and the wonderful Growing Rural Enterprise, who support those in or who want to start in rural enterprise.

The course was led by Ingela Larsson-Smith, an incredible professional horsewoman with an innate ability for Natural Horsemanship. Ingela’s no-nonsense approach quickly became clear but with an injection of humour she came across as a dynamic and motivating teacher (“Leader”). I have put “Leader” there as this is what much of our learning involved in the morning… Learning about horse dynamics.

Now I suppose I should start by saying outright that I am NOT a horsey person. As much as I would love to be, this was a past-time that evaded my youth, primarily because of its expense and also due to a lack of access to any horses! I have a very healthy respect for horses and I would add a mild intimidation of them, due to their size, power and perhaps, I am now realising, their ability to look straight into your soul, know what’s their without a second glance and read you like an open book. I have been horse riding on several occasions throughout my life, mostly in Poland when I was on holiday and when I lived there. I learnt to trot and canter (once) but the lessons were stretched so far apart that there was no continuity. As a result I didn’t get a chance to really build a relationship with any of the horses I worked with, which I can quite clearly see created a massive barrier to any […]