Heffle Court are hatching their very own Chicks and Ducklings

Heffle Court are proud to announce as part of a local community and resident link project we are embarking on a regeneration project for Willow Farm, our very own smallholding farm located within our grounds. We have kindly been loaned an incubator from a local farmer, to hatch our very own chicks and ducklings to live on the farm with us.

At Heffle Court, we  offer a full range of specialist dementia support and focus on therapeutic activities for all our residents. Willow Farm is quite a unique feature within a care home setting and offers our residents the positive benefits that being around animals induces. Research has shown that animals improve the lives of people suffering from debilitating mental and physical health conditions and illnesses such as Autism, Dementia and Stroke by including animal assisted interventions as part of a holistic approach to treatment.  Stroking, playing with, feeding and/or looking after animals can offer both physical and mental wellbeing in many areas such as reducing stress,  blood pressure, improved mood and more social interaction, improvement in residents’ food intake and weight, increased physical activity and positive emotions and the pleasure of the tactile experience.

Debby Potter, Home Manager commented:

“Stimulation and mental wellbeing is very important to us here at Heffle Court and for the residents, being involved with the farm, even if only limited, we can see the visible benefits they receive. Our animals bring people together, stimulates conversation, help people to see things with a different perspective and helps them cope in the most adverse situations.  Having nature in our very own garden and the chance to experience handling a variety of creatures is a great, interesting and interactive sensory experience. To be involved in the regeneration project and to have such support form our local community is great as Willow Farm is a popular and much loved part of life here for our residents, friends, relatives and guests alike.”

At Heffle Court, we are very proud of our smallholding Willow Farm, teashop and our varied and diverse activities provision for residents, friends and guests of our home. We believe an active life is a happier and more fulfilling life and a key member of the care team is our full-time Activities Coordinator, who works with each resident to ensure everyone has an opportunity to participate in activities that have real meaning for them and to ensure they contribute to their physical and mental wellbeing.

Would you like to become involved within the regeneration of the farm?

We are looking for volunteers who would like to become involved with this project. All help and support is gratefully appreciated.

If you would like to find out more about the Willow Farm regeneration project at Heffle Court, please contact Debby Potter on 0808 223 5510 or via email at manager.heffle@CaringHomes.org.

Watch this space…

We will updating our news area with the latest developments on eagerly awaited feathered arrivals at Willow Farm. Do check back for the latest updates and photos from the farm.

Until then, please see below some of our photos from Willow Farm.

Heffle Court

Home Manager

Debby Potter


Station Road,
East Sussex,
TN21 8DR

0808 223 5510
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