Easter is traditionally the time to stop and reflect on past times and make plans for the future; this is particularly apt when applied to the school year. I look back at old friends revisited this year like Kinnego Centre, Dungannon or Harmony Primary School, Lisburn, and look forward to making new friends at schools which I have not yet visited.
In addition I have some big plans for future months as I embark on projects with HMP Magilligan and the Probation Board for N.I. delivering Taking The Lead; a bespoke education programme for offenders. At Dogs Trust we believe we can combat dog welfare issues such as neglect, abandonment, the use of dogs as status symbols, and irresponsible ownership by providing education to ensure that current and future dog owners are fully equipped to be the best they can be.
But let me leave you with some 'old' friends and neighbours from Buick Memorial Primary School, Cullybackey, who came to visit our Ballymena Rehoming Centre this month. Having explored all the activities needed to care for dogs, and thought about all the things we need to buy so we can care for them properly, pupils got a VIP tour and a chance to safely 'meet and greet' two of our youngest residents!