HAPPY HEN­SION­ERS

Your Chickens - - Feature | People -

Your Chick­ens fea­tured the Hen­sion­ers in the early days, when the scheme was launched in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. It gained na­tional promi­nence when it re­ceived £1m in Lot­tery fund­ing. It is now ac­tive in more than 40 care homes across the UK.

HenPower, de­liv­ered by the North-East based older peo­ple’s char­ity Equal Arts, en­cour­ages par­tic­i­pants to get in­volved in the daily rou­tines of hen­keep­ing as well as in­cu­bat­ing chicks and tak­ing hens to auc­tion. Hen keep­ing is a pos­i­tive dis­trac­tion and can re­duce anx­i­ety as well as be­ing a talk­ing point. Hen­sion­ers get in­volved in the Hen Road­show, tak­ing the birds to other care homes and pri­mary schools, with re­turn vis­its by pupils.

Pro­vid­ing face-to-face ac­tiv­i­ties with independent older peo­ple, as well as those with con­di­tions such as de­men­tia, the project of­fers a so­cia­ble and stimulating en­vi­ron­ment that re­duces de­pres­sion and lone­li­ness and gives par­tic­i­pants an in­creased sense of well­be­ing and pur­pose.

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