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17 November 2021

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JCR students welcome some four-legged friends to St Hughs!

Students enjoying alpacas

St Hugh’s JCR organised and funded a packed Welfare Week programme during 5th week of Michaelmas Term which included a visit by a group of  alpacas. Students were able to pet the alpacas and take them for walks around the College gardens. Alpaca therapy is widely being used to enhance people’s wellbeing and from the photographs below everyone seemed to be enjoying the afternoon with the animals.

The alpacas were not the only animals to visit College during the week – students were treated to a visit by some guide dogs organised by the JCR Disabilities Rep, Jenny Wang, when students were able to play with the dogs and learn how they are trained to become guide dogs. Other activities and events included a 5k run, an ice cream bar, a BAME brunch and lots of fun competitions.

Maddie, one of the JCR welfare reps said, ”It was extremely rewarding for the JCR welfare team to run all the activities and events. 5th week in College can be a difficult time for new students and it was great to see how much everyone enjoyed themselves and connected with each other.’

Welfare Week takes place annually across Oxford University during Michaelmas Term to combat the effects of ‘5th Week Blues’ as it’s known.

Students enjoying Alpaca visit Students with 2 Alpacas Student playing with Guide Dog

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