Hens help­ing kids to learn

Jane Howorth, founder of the Bri­tish Hen Wel­fare Trust, gives an up­date on their news

Your Chickens - - British Hen Welfare Trust -


You don’t need us to con­vince you that hens are won­der­ful, funny, en­dear­ing lit­tle crea­tures. Which is ex­actly why the Bri­tish Hen Wel­fare Trust has cho­sen to de­velop a learn­ing pro­gramme aimed at pri­mary school chil­dren us­ing hens as the fo­cus. Our feath­ered friends are at the heart of this new pro­gramme which will help pupils ex­plore food, farm­ing and an­i­mal wel­fare top­ics and gain the knowl­edge and skills to make food choices that are healthy for both them­selves and for farmed an­i­mals.

The char­ity has worked with free­lance ed­u­ca­tional trainer Han­nah Gar­cia, who has al­most single-hand­edly put to­gether a wealth of in­for­ma­tion, work­shops and down­load­able re­sources for schools. The pro­gramme is not just de­signed for schools who al­ready have hens, as we have vol­un­teers who are able to bring their own hens to the class­room. Rather it is aimed at any school which wants to help its pupils un­der­stand the is­sues sur­round­ing food pro­duc­tion and farm­ing, healthy food choices and an­i­mal wel­fare.

The pro­gramme is made up of three parts: six cur­ricu­lum­link re­source packs which are


free to down­load; work­shops which can be led by our trained vol­un­teers and their hens; a Re-hom­ing in Schools hand­book, which is also free to down­load and will help the school pre­pare for and re-home their own hens.

If you’re a teacher or par­ent and would be in­ter­ested in find­ing out more about the learn­ing pro­gramme, sim­ply email learn­ing@bhwt.co.uk. There are chicken lovers out there who for what­ever rea­son may not be able to keep the birds them­selves. The BHWT de­vel­oped its Spon­sor a Hen scheme for pre­cisely this rea­son – it lets the re­cip­i­ent be­come a part of a re-homed hen’s life while know­ing they are help­ing more just like her en­joy their free­dom. Spon­sor­ing a hen is a great gift for a child or loved one, or just to keep for your­self! We’ve got six great hens to pick from and you can spon­sor any of them for just £4 a month. Visit bhwt.org. uk for more info. It goes with­out say­ing that we value each and ev­ery single one of our fundrais­ers – we sim­ply couldn’t save hens with­out them. And re­cently a very spe­cial fundraiser took place which raised in ex­cess of £1,000 for the char­ity. Cul­tureLa­bel, an art gallery, com­mis­sioned 12 of the UK’s most pop­u­lar artists to each dec­o­rate a wooden egg, which were then auc­tioned off dur­ing April to raise money for the char­ity. We are in­cred­i­bly grate­ful to Cul­tureLa­bel for host­ing such a unique, and suc­cess­ful, fundraiser. They have helped save hun­dreds of lives.

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