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Meet the community group in Tameside using animals to help people with mental health issues

Noah's Art in Tameside. Credit: ITV News.

Next to the furry friends who're playing a big part in helping people with mental health issues to recover.

Noah's Art, based in Tameside, use our four legged friends on psychiatric wards to help deliver art classes, and teach animal welfare skills to vulnerable people. Now, some of those they've helped are running a cafe - along with the support dogs - to fund further work for the project. Our very own furry friend, Adam McClean went along:

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LATEST: 50 firefighters battling Greater Manchester Moorland fire

The fire near Stalybridge has been burning on and off for two days Credit: Heywood Community Fire Station

Around 50 firefighters are continuing to tackle a large moorland fire in Buckton Vale, Greater Manchester.

Phil Nelson, Group Manager for Tameside and Stockport division of Greater Manchester Fire Service, said:

Approximately 50 firefighters, specialist officers and three wildfire units are tackling the blaze on the moor in very challenging conditions. Our crews are working tirelessly to fight the fire and we are utilising a number of tactics to reduce the scale of the blaze.

“We have a helicopter deployed to drop water in challenging areas that cannot be accessed on foot which is helping to reduce the scale of the fire. We are also working alongside Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service who are fighting the fire on the other side of the moor.

“Firefighter and partner safety and welfare is a priority for us. Conditions are really arduous on the moor and we are ensuring crews are rotated and are given relief breaks.

“I would like to thank all of our crews and partners for all their hard work so far in tackling this challenging incident. We will continue to fight the fire for the rest of the day and into the evening but I want to reassure the public that we are working closely with partner agencies at United Utilities and the Peak District to ensure our crews are tackling the fire in the safest and most efficient way.”

– Phil Nelson, Group Manager for Tameside and Stockport division of Greater Manchester Fire Service
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