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We won the Good Morning Britain 1 Million Minutes 2023 ‘Animal Loneliness Champion’ Award
We are so proud and just a bit excited to have been presented with this amazing award!
It is in recognition of the work we do to help reduce loneliness and isolation through animal assisted therapy and farm care activities. We couldn’t achieve the positive outcomes we see without the support and hard work of the whole team here at Animal Antiks so a huge thank you goes out to all of our staff and volunteers.
Take a look at the video below – you can see our story and then watch the presentation which took place on 15 December at GMBs London Studios.
Welcome to Animal Antiks
Animal Assisted Learning and Therapy
Our aim has always been to help support and create a diverse group of people with various needs, provide a safe and calm environment in which each individual can learn and grow.
Working in groups as well as supported independent working, our young people are involved with a wide range of fulfilling tasks. Our farm environment encourages animal care, animal enrichment, gardening, crafts, bushcraft and countryside appreciation. Whilst working on the farm, carrying out these activities we have seen wonderful results with young people flourishing. Reduction in anxieties, increased confidence, willingness to interact and becoming a valued team member, taking responsibility, care of others, and an overall increase in positivity to attempt new tasks.
Building on life, social skills, and expanding knowledge whilst being outside and close to nature has an amazing and positive effect on so many!
Open Hearts, Unlock Minds and Inspire People
“Very relaxing. Great to get out in the fresh air, laugh, chat and focus on the animals. Sarah and Denise are very welcoming and easy to chat too.”
“A lovely peaceful and chilly experience with the alpacas.”
“Alpaca walk was very enjoyable. Learnt a lot about the animals as well as meeting new people. Would love to do again and recommend everyone has a go.”
“I’ve enjoyed my time walking the alpacas, learning new things about the animals and meeting new people.”
“A lovely warm welcome followed by a walk around the fields which was very relaxing. Its was great to be able to chat on the walk round. Definitely would recommend to other people.”
“What a wonderful experience to walk an alpaca and look at the other animals. The staff were so nice and knowing. Thank you.”
“I had a great experience, my first-time walking alpacas, but probably the most relaxing thing I’ve ever done. Thanks for the opportunity” – Harvey
“Walking with alpacas has helped my confidence and getting out of Aylesbury. Has helped me to meet new people. Sad that it has come to the end.” – Sam
“I have been coming to Animal Antiks for four weeks now to walk the alpacas. It is such a brilliant thing to do, so therapeutic and relaxing as well as a good walk in the open air and meeting other people. Thank you.” – Clive
“I found the alpaca walk really enjoyable. It was a nice leisurely pace. It was good to get out in the fresh air with the lovely alpacas.”
“During a time of feeling trapped and lonely, coming to Animal Anticks has been amazing. A chance to get out, connect with others and enjoy the alpacas. I have loved every second. Thank you.” – Ann Marie
“Love attending alpaca walks, has helped me so much for my mental health. All staff are amazing, caring and offering valuable experience. Thank you to all involved.” – Suzanne