“We never had anything like this before, not where everyone’s been so involved, like as a group. HenPower started all that.
“Since getting the hens, I’ve watched people who were quite introverted before, learning new things, making decisions, solving problems and generally discussing and sorting things together. “They’re not frightened to have a go and join in with new things. In fact, they’ve become quite practical and brave doing things like hatching their own chicks and selling them at the auction to raise money to put back into the project. Residents have accepted the positive and negatives that go with being hen keepers and are always eager to learn more and do their best. It’s great they all have this common ground now, especially the men who previously didn’t get involved much at all. HenPower has created some really strong bonds and lasting friendships.
“When you drive into the car park there’s life and energy now wherever you look. We’ve got the two pens bustling with hens and there’s always movement and life and noise.
“We have hoards of children from the community coming to visit now, whether it’s school kids or grandchildren. It’s a bridge between the generations. Who’d have thought that hens could do that?
“To other people considering taking part in HenPower I would say they’ve got nothing to lose only lots to gain. Don’t be afraid to accept the challenge and get your hands dirty. A bit of mud on your lounge carpet you can clean off but there’s no comparison with the sheer happiness and enthusiasm that people have got from the project.”
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