How HugglePets crowdfunded a Community Aquarium – with Hannah Dixon

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HugglePets in the Community is a community interest company working with children, young people and adults. It offers animal-assisted therapy, in which a therapist works with animals to help people with their mental health.

This pioneering and unique social enterprise is based in Wolverhampton, where nearly 4000 children & over 21,000 adults are affected by stress, anxiety and severe mental health issues. Research shows animal assisted therapy can improve mental health and wellbeing.

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In this episode, Hannah Dixon describes:

  • Huggle wants as many people as possible to use its services is building the UK’s first community aquarium and sensory activity centre
  • How Huggle’s plans have been backed by the community through a successful crowdfunding campaign which raised over £90,000. How did Huggle hit its target?
  • Why partnership working has been crucial in getting this far
    Hannah’s future plans
  • How Huggle measures its impact
  • The biggest challenges Hannah’s faced so far and her advice to other social entrepreneurs

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