Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI)

Emotional wellbeing, mindfulness and inclusion are at the heart of all of Greatwood’s AAI educational programmes. H.O.P.E™ focuses on encouraging increased self-esteem and development of confidence by challenging the perception of “success” and “failure” in a secure and nurturing environment.

The effectiveness of AAI has been proven, showing that it lowers blood pressure and heart rate, alleviates stress, and reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression. The implications of decreased emotional wellbeing are related to potential mental health concerns, therefore by ensuring that this is the primary focus of our programmes, we can help every individual realise his/her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community.


  • Identifying and Coping with Feelings
  • Communication Skills
  • Setting Boundaries
  • Overcoming Fears
  • Building Trust
1 in 4

people in the UK will experience some level of mental health problem each year.

1 in 6

people experience a common mental health issue, such as anxiety or depression, in any given week.

2 out of 3

people will experience some level of poor mental health in their lifetime.

Making Mental Health Matter