Brighton residents latest to benefit from HenPower
HenPower has spread its wings and arrived in Brighton bringing its innovative mix of creativity and chickens to older people.
It is the first time the award-winning £1m project has set up in the area following its pilot in Tyne and Wear.
Douglas Hunter, Equal Arts co-director, said: “HenPower gives people a role and responsibility, it is not hen-therapy but about building relationships. HenPower moves away from passive care you so often see in care settings and harnesses people’s imagination and interests to empower themselves.
“It is fantastic to see care providers in Brighton taking on the project with such enthusiasm bringing the benefits to more people and positively engaging with residents and their relatives.”
Joining with Equal Arts, residents and staff at the two care settings are working with artists and hens as part of the creative project.
Coun Anne Meadows, chair of Brighton & Hove City Council’s housing committee, said: “Social isolation and loneliness are massive issues for many older people. It’s been said that loneliness can be almost as bad for older people’s health as smoking.
“In an era of huge pressures on budgets it’s important to remember that sometimes simple ideas that don’t cost a great deal of money can make a big difference.
“We’re committed to working creatively with our residents to help improve their wellbeing, and we’re delighted to be on board with Equal Arts for this project.”
Using hen-keeping as a catalyst those living at the venues will take part in artist-led creative activities and form partnerships with schools and their communities.
Find out more about bringing HenPower to your community by ringing 0191 477 5775 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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