HenPower has headed south bringing the benefits of creativity and hen-keeping to people in Bristol.
We've teameed up with Brunelcare to bring our award-winning HenPower project to residents living at Deerhurst Care Home.
On May 8 residents, staff and members of the community were joined by Conservative parliamentary candidate Chris Skidmore for the official launch of the project in Bristol.
Men and women in their 80s and 90s living at Deerhurst have spent the past couple of months getting to know their new feathered neighbours and taking part in weekly creative sessions.
Led by our HenPower Associate Tanith Blackman, the group have been exploring their creative sides with painting and feather printing.
Lesley Hobbs, Manager for Deerhurst said: “HenPower has exceeded all expectations and the hens and creative sessions have given so much pleasure and excitement.
“The hens come into the home and you see residents light up. The sense of ownership and daily jobs such as collecting eggs has given purposeful activity and increased teamwork for everyone involved. It is simply a brilliant project.”
Speaking to resident Beryl Crocker, 75, during a session, she said: “Being with the hens and group makes me feel happy and this, being all together, I like it.”
Our co-director Douglas Hunter added: “It is fantastic to see residents at Deerhurst joining the thousands across the UK who benefit from HenPower and the creative opportunities it brings.
“We’re delighted to be working with Brunelcare in bringing HenPower to older people living in Bristol for the first time.
Following a successful pilot in Tyne and Wear, we received Big Lottery Funding of £1m to roll HenPower out across the UK.
It currently supports residents in more than 30 care settings with projects in areas including the North East, Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Mansfield, Essex, Surry and North London.