Equal Arts and its HenPower Project, winners of the 2017 TSB Pride of the North East Community Partner Award, introduces six hens at a time to care homes, where residents, many of whom are isolated or have dementia, can learn to look after them with astonishing results. Often memories are unlocked, friendships are formed and residents find a new sense of purpose.
Hen-Power say “We don’t call our older people pensioners. We call them ‘hensioners’.
HenPower also builds inter-generational links with schools and young people, Hen-Power encourage schools to have hens, and organise reciprocal visits where pupils can learn about hen-keeping from the “hensioners” and they in turn can come to see and meet children in school.
Hill Top School have been lucky enough to receive six of our very own hens and are in the process of being aptly named by our pupils. Our local “hensioners” have already been in school and are due in again soon for coffee and cake, for a catch up with our pupils and to make sure we are looking after our “Hill Top Hens”.
Pupils and staff are absolutely delighted with our delivery of loveable hens and the local community links made.
Well done to all involved.