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College Suspends In Centre Activities. However, learning will continue remotely.

Following Nicola Sturgeon and Boris Johnson’s announcements today the college’s centres will suspend practical skills training, in centre assessments, and dog grooming services until further notice and with immediate effect.

Learning programmes will continue virtually, as planned for students.

Looking After Ourselves

Our mental wellbeing continues to be a priority and so please do take advantage of the various online wellbeing services that CAW has put in place to support our staff and students. More information regarding wellbeing services can be found at

If students have not already downloaded the Fika app I would encourage them to do so.

Fika is a mental fitness app and is available for free exclusively for CAW staff and students. Over the festive period Fika has been supporting users with themes around purpose and meaning, holiday hacks, maintaining healthy habits, and maintaining connections with loved ones. Your mental fitness, much like your physical fitness, is something that can improve with practice. Fika will help you to develop your 7 skills of mental fitness: confidence, stress management, connection, positivity, focus, meaning and motivation. Find Fika on the App Store or Google Play and click ‘premium content’ then just use your CAW email to access content.

‘Togetherall’ previously known as the ‘Big White Wall’ is a well-established online platform that will provide you with the opportunity to connect emotionally and anonymously with others, in a safe forum with 24/7 moderation by trained professionals. It is accessible any time of the day or night, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, Togetherall has a range of resources and programmes to enable you to express yourself in any way you choose.

Safeguarding matters can be reported at any time on 01480 422070.

If you would like to make contact the College phone lines (01480 422 060) remain open during normal working hours (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm).  Outside these times please leave a message or you may email at anytime.  We will respond.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the College if you have any concerns.

Keep safe.

Barbara Cooper,
The College of Animal Welfare

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