An Animal Management student from Solihull College & University Centre will be flying down under this summer to assist animals affected by the recent bush fires.
Jamie Grant, 27, will be in Australia working with GoEco, an organisation who run volunteer projects, for the entire month of July. As part of his course work experience, he will be helping animals after the fires, relocating them and rescuing any animals that need assistance.
Having previously studied Performing Arts, Jamie later found a career as a tattoo artist before returning to college wanting a career change. Growing up on a Worcester farm, Jamie had always had an interest in animals and decided to retrain in animal management as a mature student.
“I suffered with mental health issues and anxiety” Jamie comments, “But I found that if you find something you’re passionate about it can really help you. I have learned so much – it really has changed my life. When I am at a low ebb I think about the animals and it gives me the boost I need. It has changed everything.”
Jamie is full of praise for the College and his course tutors. “I love the course and the tutors are fantastic” he comments. He has also become a student representative at the College. He adds: “It feels great. It is never too late to go and do something new.”
Jamie’s goal over the next few months is to raise the money he needs to fund his trip via a GoFundMe page and other activities.