RSPCA's West Hatch Animal Centre & Wildlife Hospital in Taunton, in conjunction with other branches, are celebrating increasing their education outreach.

This is part of a larger effort from the RSPCA's four education hubs, which are close to reaching a goal of educating over 38,000 children and young people on animal welfare.

The centre's staff and outreach officer, funded by RSPCA South West Somerset branch, were instrumental in doubling the number of people receiving education sessions this year.

Confirmation of further collaboration with branches across the South West has indicated a plan to expand these opportunities.

RSPCA senior community engagement and partnerships manager, Hayley Worsfold said: "Each of our hubs deliver incredible experiences and offer essential animal welfare education to communities who might otherwise have limited opportunities to engage with nature, pets, and wildlife.

"In doing so, they aim to promote positive behavioural changes and attitudes towards animal welfare, whilst enhancing the emotional wellbeing and resilience of learners."

A recent survey revealed that almost 90 per cent of participants in the hub sessions claimed that their experience had driven them to align with RSPCA's core values concerning animal welfare, marking a significant step forward in fostering a compassionate, well-informed, future generation.