The hens@home project was initiated as existing Garden Organic volunteers were regularly asked about keeping hens when interacting with the public.
Existing Garden Organic volunteers are welcome to train additionally as hens@home mentors. Previous or current experience of hen keeping is a requisite for all hens@home mentors so that they have the relevant know-how to engage with members of the public.
An important aspect of the hens@home mentor role is to discuss with potential hen keepers the full range of activities and responsibilities needed to provide a healthy environment for domestic hens. Furthermore, hens@home mentors can offer support to existing hen keepers who may be having difficulties or need encouragement.
Due to the wide variety of Garden Organics’ volunteers, we have hens@home mentors of all ages and backgrounds which contributes to the effectiveness of the scheme; hens@home mentors can reach areas that other hen promoting activities cannot reach as they talk to their friends, family and neighbours, as well as attend local events. Volunteer hens@home mentors are active in local communities nationwide.
As part of the hens@home project a booklet has been produced which covers a broad range of topics and is aimed at people who are considering keeping hens for the first time.
To download the hens@home booklet click here