Nick is very nervous around animals (not dogs, etc but wild animals) but wants to participate in trips like the going to the zoo so he can see them. He asks a lot of questions about being safe such as whether the animals can escape. We try to explain and calm him down.

Some of the members were stroking the wallabies and Nick said he didn’t want to as he was scared. We offered him comfort and he said if Abbie stayed near him he would. He then stroked the Wallaby.

This was a big step for Nick as it showed him trying to get over his fear, being brave, being proud of his achievement and trusting in us that he was safe.