Highfields Happy Hens

The Project

Click below to see a short documentary about the project, made by the BBC East Midlands Inside Out team

If your internet connection is slow and the movie doesn't stream, you can download it from here (59mb)

Highfields is no ordinary farm, and the Happy Hens do a more important job than lay eggs.

It started in 1984 as a vision of Roger and Beryl Hosking to provide work, support, teaching and love for youngsters whose lives were in a mess.

As Christians it was their practical answer to a rapidly growing social problem - they started in 1984 caring for homeless youngsters and they needed something for them to do so Highfields Happy Hens was hatched.

Angry hands became gentle hands collecting eggs, their visitors learnt to count, read, write, handle money and customers. In short they learned to respect themselves and became able to become positive members of society.

In 2001 the project began to be used by the Youth Offending Service and the Local Education Authority for youngsters who had been excluded from school or in danger of being excluded.

Very few are “young offenders” the plan is to keep them out of trouble.

The project is now used for all types of young people who are struggling at school – it has an awesome reputation for keeping young people out of trouble and getting them back to school.

Their fame is such that Roger has been asked to speak at several meetings including Westminster and he has been involved with starting the National Care Farming Initiate www.ncfi.org.uk.

For further information click on 'The incredible story'

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