The British Hen Welfare Trust is launching a new educational programme. Jane Howorth, founder of the charity, explains
The British Hen Welfare Trust
Autumn marks the start of a new school year, which brings with it excited chatter about what the following months will hold. Here at the British Hen Welfare Trust we have news that we hope will add to the excitement with the launch of our new learning programme on Friday, October 13, which also happens to be World Egg Day! The programme is aimed at primary school children and allows schools to either hold their own hen-based workshops or invite in a BHWT volunteer with their hens to hold a presentation.
The programme will teach children about animal welfare and the journey from food to fork while fitting neatly into the existing school curriculum.
In the learning workshops, children can experience the softness of a hen’s feathers, her friendly nature, and possibly the warmth of a freshly-laid egg (some hens have been known to oblige in the full glare of a classroom, to the delight of the children!). For many, this will be the first time they have handled a hen.
As you know, we are all about putting hens into the spotlight and we can’t wait to start visiting schools and talking to the next generation of potential henkeepers.
Our volunteers have been working extremely hard across the country rehoming thousands of hens over the past few months. However, we are always keen to have new volunteers and pop-up re-homing sites so we can help more hard-working hens. Would you like to find out how you can help? If so, please call us on 01884 860084. We are looking for volunteers in the following areas:
South Wales (Carmarthenshire area) – we need a host site, a co-ordinator and a team of volunteers;
South Wales (Swansea) – our Swansea team need volunteers and a driver; Hereford (Leominster area) – we are looking for a host site, co-ordinator and a team of volunteers.
It’s simple – we need to rescue more hens from slaughter, to give them a happy retirement.
PART OF THE FAMILY
This adorable photo shows hen Jamima enjoying a cuddle. She lives with Amandine Reid and her family. Amandine told us: “Seven weeks into having our hens and every day my kids can’t wait to see our four girls. Really they are part of the family. It’s a joy to see their personalities form. My daughter loves climbing the blossom tree and she took Jamima with her.”
DID YOU KNOW?
You can use powdered eggshells as a scouring paste to clean stubborn stains from pots and pans. Mix with a little water and a squirt of washing up liquid and scrub away. The gritty, abrasive eggshell breaks down stubborn, burnt-on grime. MORE: Visit www.bhwt.org.uk
We can’t wait to start visiting schools and talking to the next generation of potential henkeepers.
TOP INSET: Volunteers are needed for rehoming birds ABOVE: The British Hen Welfare Trust is taking chickens into schools RIGHT: Amandine Reid and Jamima