.... AND HELPING WITH RECOVERY
Four re-homed hens have been providing relief from the traumas of homelessness, substance abuse and mental health at a centre in Hertfordshire.
New Hope in Watford was founded in 1990 and provides beds for 60 people each night and helps hundreds more through support and development services.
The centre supports people recovering from addiction or mental health and physical issues via its Community Market Garden and, in August 2015, decided to re-home some ex-commercial hens via the British Hen Welfare Trust.
The garden offers a tranquil environment for New Hope’s service users which aims to raise their sense of wellbeing.
Ian Bond, Community Market Garden Supervisor, said the centre decided to re-home some hens as a way of bringing people together to look after them.
The four hens, called Hope, Henrietta, Hatti and Harriet, fitted straight in at New Hope and became affectionately known as ‘the girls’.
Ian said: “They have been loved and cared for warmly by our service users, been the subject of a poem written during one of our poetry sessions and have been used as a way of encouraging wider engagement for our gardening workshops for those not drawn to gardening but who have a love for animals.”
New Hope hens