THE BAXTER PROJECT

The Therapeutic Animal Assisted Activities programme, affectionately known as The Baxter Project after our original companion animal, combines trauma recovery techniques, companion animals and physical activities with the aim to improve physical, emotional, educational and social wellbeing of young people in their recovery from adversity and trauma, or just those who need a little bit of extra support. We offer pro-social companionship and unique relational development techniques to improve and maximise engagement, building peer to peer trusting relationships, so we are in a position to help support young people through any difficulties they may have, ultimately promoting therapeutic outcomes and enabling positive change.

Some of the young people we work with have lived through childhood trauma and adversity. Research indicates that ACEs and Childhood Trauma can have a significant impact upon children’s cognitive, emotional and social development. As such these children can display low self-esteem and are more susceptible to stress, anxiety and social isolation, emotional dysregulation and challenging behaviour.

The Baxter Project is Trauma Informed, encouraging exercise and play, but above all rapport building.  The programme works in partnership with schools to identify the young people who need support the most. However, during sessions we disassociate ourselves from the school or any form of authority allowing for honest and positive engagement. Relational work is ongoing, peer to peer, trusting relationships are established in a low impact, low stress, therapeutic and nurturing environment.  It is the quality of the relationships established that provide a ‘secure base’ or platform, to build positive change, to build confidence, self-esteem, pro-social attitudes and behaviours, whilst helping to support with any underlying difficulties.

What makes the programme unique is the involvement of companion animals, who themselves naturally promote self-confidence and reduce anxiety but most importantly, lower defences and bridge communication with our specialist practitioners.  It is this presence of companion animals that facilitate the early relational work, we promote  Consistency, Predictability and Reliability (CPR), resulting in stability and eventually trust.  Once the trusting relationships are established, young people listen and take on board advice, we can even complete workshops. Once the trusting relationship has been established significant results follow.

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?

What makes The Baxter Project’s companion animals different to your usual school therapy dog is its focus.  Where a school therapy dog can offer support to the masses The Baxter Project targets and works with the pupils who need the most support, the most challenging and the most vulnerable pupils.  The combination of the companion animal, the disassociation from authority and our unique relational development techniques has been proven successful in every school with every demographic we have worked in, the pupils respond positively to the programme, we pride ourselves in our ability to engage the disengaged.

IN A NUTSHELL!

Our activities are meticulously designed to promote maximum engagement with young people.  The Baxter Project is a bespoke programme, using innovative and unique techniques that expedite relational development and companionship, facilitating positive engagement, therapeutic outcomes and ultimately help support positive change.

The Team

Abi









Practitioner - Coventry










I Wanted to be:
A Vet

Amie









Practitioner - Monmouth









I wanted to be:
A Pop Star

Cat









Practitioner
Swansea/Port Talbot










I wanted to be:
A Zoo Keeper

Cerys










Practitioner - Newport










I wanted to be:
Hannah Montanna

David








CEO
Programme Coordinator






I wanted to be:
A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

Emma









Practitioner - Caerphilly










I wanted to be:
a Vet

Gethin









Practitioner - Bridgend










I wanted to be:
a Fireman

Jowa









Practitioner - Cardiff











I wanted to be:
An Astronomer

Lee









Director/Business Manager










I Wanted to be:
a Footballer

Nikki









Head of Administration & HR










I wanted to be:
A Professional Swimmer

Sam








Practitioner - Cardiff/Newport










I Wanted to be:
A Famous Footballer

Sam







Practitioner - Cardiff/RCT/The Vale










I wanted to be:
A Professional Wrestler

Tom








Practitioner - Abergavenny









I wanted to be:
A Police Officer

Yasmin








Senior Practitioner
Swansea










I wanted to be:
A Detective

Zarreen








Practitioner - Rhondda Cynon Taff









I wanted to be:
A Teacher

Archie











Pomchi










I wanted to be:
A sniffer dog

Baxter











Border Terrier
I wanted to be:
A Ball boy at Wimbledon

Buster











Spaniel Cross











I wanted to be :
A Stunt Dog

Darcy










Labrador








I wanted to be :
A Darcy Professional swimmer

Deio











Cavapoo








I wanted to be :
A footballer

Devon











Border Collie










I wanted to be :
A dog Astronaut

Eric











French Bulldog










I wanted to be:
A Engineer

Frank











Miniature Dachshund


I wanted to be:
A Food Critic

George











Miniature Dachshund










I wanted to be:
An Architect

Jake











Labrador










I wanted to be:
A life guard

Jasper











Cavachon










I wanted to be :
A Carrot Farmer

Mico











Pomchi










I wanted to be :
A Mattress tester

Pippa











Cavachon











I wanted to be :
A Police Dog

Roo











Cockerpoo/Labradoodle











I wanted to be:
A painter and decorater

Teddy











King Charles Spaniel







I wanted to be:
A Hairdresser

Trixie











Border Terrier









I wanted to be
A rocket scientist

Testimonials

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Adamsdown Primary
Bassaleg Comprehensive
Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive
Cardiff High School
Cardiff West Community High School
Estyn
Gwenfo Church in Wales Primary
Pontypridd High School
Roath Park Primary School
The Court School
Whitchurch High School
Woodlands Hish School

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