20th September 2014
Henny Penny Hen Houses is delighted to announce its support for 'Henpower', which encourages older people to get involved in hen keeping as a way of reducing isolation and increasing health and wellbeing.
Run by creative ageing charity Equal Arts, this exciting project was shortlisted in the health category of the 2014 National Lottery Awards.
As well as looking after hens, hatching eggs and rearing chicks, the ‘Hensioners’ involve themselves in a range of creative activities from designing their own hen houses, to recording oral histories and designing a range of cards, calendars tea towels, and other merchandise by working with sculptors, visual and new media artists.
Taking their knowledge of hens to schools and care settings the HenPower group is also seeing benefits in its work in dementia care settings with staff reporting a reduction in the use of anti-psychotic medication.
Henny Penny founder Penny Roberts said, "As soon as I heard about Henpower I thought it was such a wonderful idea. We're really looking forward to being part of this project and, hopefully, the 'Henpower Hensioners' will enjoy seeing their girls in a Henny Penny Hen House".