Friday, December 09, 2005

Parrots help people overcome mental illness

PARROT power has helped a group of volunteers overcome mental health problems and get back into the working routine.
The National Parrot Sanctuary in Friskney has allowed the group of 16 to work one day a week in their grounds over the past 18 months.
Working with the sanctuary's 500-plus birds has helped volunteers work towards Achievement Awards, which were presented to them on Friday by East Lindsey District Council's chief executive Nigel Howells.
The placement came about after a partnership was developed between the sanctuary, the Shaw Trust charity and Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Trust. "The sanctuary has provided a fantastic stepping stone to work for our clients and empowered many people to achieve qualifications and progressions into work, even self employment," said Shaw Trust area manager Debbie Brackner.

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