Stressed Brits can now go to free puppy cuddling sessions to help them stay calm

A new free service is set to go on trial this week offering students the chance to play with a litter of puppies in a bid to reduce their levels of worry.

Barclays will put on the sessions for university students to cuddle the little doggos, which studies have shown to help reduce stress, while also giving advice on how to budget effectively for student life.

The dogs will be brought along by Urban Paws UK, a pet modelling agency which follow guidelines set out by the Animal Welfare Act and is also compliant with RSPCA guidelines.

You'll have to be quick, as the session will be held on Thursday, November 21, at the Barclays branch at St Ann's Square in Manchester between noon and 3pm.

Spaces will be given on a first come, first served basis, and there's a maximum number of two people per session to ensure the pups don't become too overwhelmed.

For those who can't make it to Manchester or simply aren't students, the good news is you don't miss out completely as the visit of the top woofers will also be live streamed on the Barclays YouTube channel.

Research from Barclays found that money worries negatively impacted the anxiety levels of 61% of students.

It also affected the mental health of 55% and 83% said they worried about running out of money during their first term.

More than 40% of students also said managing money was the mot stressful part of their whole university experience.

Barclays' specially trained Money Mentors will be at the sessions to give guidance on how to take control of their money and create a stress-free budget.

Pip Landers-Letts from Barclays said: "Moving away from home to attend university is a hugely exciting time but too many young people are having their experience affected by money worries.

"Our research found that nearly two thirds (63 per cent) of students admit they thought it would be easier to manage their money at university than it is so we want to make sure that when they need help, there’s a clear place to turn – and that is why we’ve introduced both our Money Mentors service and our new trial of the puppy sessions.

"We hope the service will help reduce students' stress levels and encourage them to open up to us about any money concerns they might have, within a safe – and fluffy – space.”

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