A pooch called Arnold ‘The Wonder Dog’ took centre stage when he spread the love at an annual college freshers’ fair.
The event was held at One and Arnold was the star act at an occasion that attracted 35 other businesses to this yearly term opener.
Arnold is a therapy dog and his owner, Emma Scott, is looking to build a strong relationship with One. She said, “We are a mentoring system and we work with students in Suffolk who are struggling with illnesses or difficulties. It works because Arnold doesn’t judge people. He just wants love and cuddles.
“Today we introduced ourselves to One and we are hoping to come into the college in the future to support students and discuss mental health. The way One has embraced us has been amazing and they are definitely ahead of the game when it comes to the topic of mental health support.”
Other companies who supported the event included Gotelee Solicitors who wanted to ‘get our brand out there, promote careers in law and build a relationship with One’ according to trainee solicitor, Elizabeth Clazie.
An organisation called the Ipswich Community Heritage Arts and Theatre Programme also visited. They are working with young people to help culturally champion the town of Ipswich.
A representative from this organisation is 17-year-old Chloe Baines (who also studies at One). She said, “I’ve been working with this group for a year and I’ve had the chance to review several plays and my reviews have been published. Being involved has been an eye opener in terms of what Ipswich has to offer. I think other young people should get involved.”
Student Eve Pemrick, said, “I think the fair was important as it gave everyone the chance to learn about different opportunities.”
One of the organisers, Frances Vickerstaff, said, “There was a lovely atmosphere and we are incredibly grateful to all the businesses and charities who came along to support us.”
Other attendees included charities, driving instructors, libraries, support groups the Institute of Directors and universities. Commercial companies included The Body Shop and several gyms. Students also played live music during the lunchtime occasion.