Sussex Supported Housing Services

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Pathways

Specialist supported housing scheme for people with mental health issues in Rother, Hastings and East Sussex.

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Paws to the rescue

There's a lot of evidence that animals and pets can have a positive impact on mental health but it's not common in supported living environments. That isn’t the case at Pathways, a supported housing scheme for people with mental health issues in Bexhill (East Sussex), where we've seen the significant benefits that therapy dog visits can bring. Ollie the therapy dog People living at Pathways come from many different backgrounds but what they all have in common is shared experience of mental ill health and a need to build on their independent living skills. Pathways scheme manager Kate Poyser’s family pet Ollie is a trained therapy dog who works with her autistic son. Following a resident's suggestion, she arranged for Ollie to visit the scheme. Watch a video of Ollie in action here Ollie made a positive impact straight away: "Residents who were isolating themselves were coming out of their rooms to sit and stroke Ollie. This prompted them to start chatting to other residents and to start building friendships. It was amazing to see these relationships developing with Ollie along with people’s mental health starting to improve." Residents then started to take Ollie for walks in the local area.