Welcome to The Baxter Project
A unique, award winning, therapeutic animal assisted early intervention

Positive Change through Positive Engagement

Our Approach

The Baxter Project is a specialist provision that builds trusting relationships with young people by promoting positive engagement and, in turn, positive outcomes.

Empowering Through Canine Companionship

We use friendly, behavior-assessed dogs to empower vulnerable young people, bridging communication between them and our trained practitioners.

Tailored Wellbeing Interventions

Our one-to-one sessions employ evidence-based techniques like trauma recovery, disistance theory, and motivational interviewing, tailored to each individual's needs.

Measurable Impact

We measure progress using a wellbeing assessment tool, collecting feedback through questionnaires. The data we gather helps us measure progress and ensure the best outcomes for those we support.

Collaborative Engagement

Working directly with organisations, we target the most challenging and vulnerable young people, promoting wellbeing and resilience.

What we offer

Helping children discover their inner strength and resilience

Early Intervention

We strive to mitigate the long term risk of negative consequences resulting from childhood trauma or adversity.

Early Intervention

This is Rolo, he supports Young people in Cardiff High School and Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive.
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Maximise Engagement

We adopt a range of techniques to promote positive engagment starting with the presence of our four legged friends.

Maximise Engagement

This is Bailey, he supports young people in Llantwit Major School as well as Ogmore Vale, Tremains and Penybont Primary Schools.
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Wellbeing Boosting Support

We promote Physical, Social, Educational and Emotional wellbeing and strive to improve resilience.

Wellbeing Boosting Support

This is Torvi, she supports young people in the Mary Immaculate and their four feeder schools, working with pupils either side of transition.
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Why Choose Us

Building a brighter future for children, one step at a time.

Award Winning Provision

Winner of Welsh Social Business of the Year 2021 - Recognition of the importance, value and success of our work.

Unique and Effective Approach

We stand out not only because of our canine companions, but our engagment boosting techniques, ability to engage the disengaged and impressive success rate.

Professional & Experianced Team

Our specialist practitioners are highly trained, using evidence-based techniques striving to empower young people to thrive.

Measurable Progress

We provide qualitative and quantitative data, documenting our impact and providing ongoing feedback. Our routine progress reports include statistical insights, contributing measurable information to the overall wellbeing strategy.

Cute Dogs

We love becoming part of the school community, our support puts smiles on faces of everyone at school, not just those lucky enough to work with us.

We understand the challenges

In today’s educational environment, tight budgets often limit the resources available for student wellbeing programs. The Baxter Project offers a cost-effective solution that provides long-term benefits through efficient harm reduction and early intervention strategies. Our unique approach leverages the therapeutic power of animals to create a positive impact on student behaviour and mental health, which traditional therapies sometimes struggle to achieve.

Whole School Community Impact

Our program is designed to benefit not only the participating students but also the entire school community. The presence of animals on-site fosters a nurturing and inclusive atmosphere that promotes overall wellbeing.

Engagement and Enthusiasm

We have a proven track record of engaging and enthusing students who have not responded to other wellbeing initiatives.

Behavioural Improvement

Children who are often disruptive in traditional settings find the privilege of participating in our provision rewarding and enjoyable. This positive reinforcement helps improve their behaviour, making the learning environment more conducive for all.

Teacher and Student Approval

Both staff and students love The Baxter Project. Teachers appreciate the improvement in student behavior and engagement, while students enjoy the unique experience and connection with the animals.


What they say about us

Dont take our word for it, have a read of what some of the schools we support have to say about us.

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Join the growing number of schools that are being supported by The Baxter Project!