On 8th May local Bristol MP Chris Skidmore and Brunelcare’s CEO Kevin Fairman joined residents, employees and six hens at our Deerhurst Care Home to launch the HenPower project.

The ribbon to the hencoop was officially cut, declaring HenPower officially launched and then residents enjoyed another ‘hen-inspired’ art class and celebratory party!

Creative ageing charity Equal Arts has teamed up with Brunelcare to bring its award-winning HenPower project to residents living at Deerhurst Care Home. An inspirational project tackling loneliness among older people and those living with dementia.

First piloted in the North East, the project combines hens and creativity to improve the wellbeing of older people and those living with dementia.

Deerhurst residents have spent the past couple of months getting to know their new feathered neighbours and taking part in weekly creative sessions.

Led by Equal Arts’ HenPower Associate Tanith Blackman, the group have been exploring their creative sides with painting and feather printing.

Lesley Hobbs, Manager for Deerhurst said:

“HenPower has exceeded all expectations and the hens and creative sessions have given so much pleasure and excitement.

“The hens come into the home and you see residents light up. The sense of ownership and daily jobs such as collecting eggs has given purposeful activity and increased teamwork for everyone involved. It is simply a brilliant project.”

For further details see:

Equal Arts HenPower News

Press Release dated 8th May 2017

Press Coverage: The Carehome Environment (web), 11 May 2017

Press Coverage: Care Industry News, 15 May 2017

Press Coverage: Yahoo! Uk and Ireland (web), 2 July 2017

Press Coverage: The Daily Telegraph (web), 2 July 2017

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