Date: 1st Jan 2016
Buckinghamshire New University welcomed puppies and volunteers from the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People charity this week to help relieve exam stress for students and to encourage wellbeing across the campus community.
The event, which raised money and awareness for the charity and was organised by Bucks Students' Union, saw 11 volunteers and five training dogs visit the High Wycombe Campus at the start of the University's exam week.
The charity trains dogs to alert deaf people to sounds they can't hear, such as doorbells, alarm clocks and fire alarms, and currently has more than 850 working hearing dog partnerships across the UK.
Lauren Troiano, Volunteering and Societies Coordinator at Bucks Students' Union, said: "This event is a fantastic opportunity for our students, especially during the stressful period of exam week. We promote student wellbeing and this initiative is an excellent chance for our students to find out more about the charity and volunteering opportunities."
Third-year Event and Festival Management student Becky Francis began volunteering with Hearing Dogs for Deaf People following the charity's visit to the University last year. She said: "I came to the puppy day and fell in love with every single dog!
"I saw a tweet from the Students' Union saying that the charity was looking for a Social Media Editor and I started volunteering for them once a week in their Communications office, managing their social media. I got to meet so many puppies and older dogs. It's so rewarding, as is any volunteering, but this tied together two things I really love so it was perfect for me. I never want to leave!"
Bucks Students' Union has a long tradition of volunteering and providing support to local and charitable initiatives. Since the start of the academic year, it has logged more than 3,000 hours of volunteering across a variety of causes and has more than 315 volunteers.
Picture: Students Hannah Jones and Robert Proctor with the Students' Union's Lauren Troiano and hearing dog Rosie.
Picture two: Student Becky Francis now volunteers for the charity.