What We Do

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Furry Tales provides Animal Assisted Activities tailored to the needs of elders in Tower Hamlets and designed to stimulate the senses and prompt social interaction. We are a member of SCAS and adhere to their Animal-Assisted Interventions Code of Practice for the UK. We offer bespoke pricing for organisations and individuals, please get in touch for a personalised quote.

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Outreach sessions

Thanks to funding from the Mercers’ Company, we will be delivering outreach packages to 5 residential facilities in Tower Hamlets between October 2016 and August 2017.

The packages run for 8 weeks and include an animal-assisted induction for staff and 7 consecutive animal-assisted and nature-based sessions for a group of 8 selected residents.

Sessions include;

  • exploration of sensory materials
  • observation & handling of guinea pigs, rabbits and chickens
  • nature-based creative activities
  • follow-up & feedback discussion

For more information, take a look at our Outreach Packages information pamphlet.


‘Thank you for bringing us these, it’s not often we get to see this kind of thing. It brings back memories of animals we used to keep.’
‘I thought it was most interesting, not the kind of thing you get to see. Really lovely, I’ll come again next time.’

 

 

     
Onsite sessions: Furry Tales Club

We’re delighted to be running a new weekly small animal care and gardening club at Stepney City Farm for people aged 60+. Furry Tales Club runs every Friday, 1:30-2:30, and invites participants to;
– plant herbs, vegetables and flowers
– learn how to healthcheck guinea pigs, rabbits and hens
– make arts and crafts items for the Farm

We’re looking for a consistent group of members so this is ideal for anyone who wants to attend regularly. Read about one member’s story here.
Families, friends and carers welcome – please get in touch if you’d like to join.

‘The lovely feeling I get – I feel good – it’s therapeutic. This animal is so happy it’s making me happy too!’

‘I enjoy socialising and meeting people, sharing my knowledge of the animals.’

 

     
What they say

I would recommend these sessions to a friend as it's a way of meeting new people and interacting with animals.

Participant

I have come here 3 times and I still haven’t got tired of it. I want to come again and again… I liked being in touch with nature.

Participant

The overall experience of the farm animals was wonderful. Furry Tales relieves stress to the elderly and people who are lonely. I would not change anything.

Sundial Day Care Centre, Peabody

 

 

I have enjoyed the company. I feel like we're old friends and we just met today. Thank you for accepting me.

Participant

The residents enjoyed the afternoon with the animals and the volunteers were so helpful and considerate. We would welcome you back anytime.

Hawthorn Green Residential Home, Sanctuary

Fantastic staff – knowledgeable in how to safely handle the animals – very caring and understanding. The animals we saw were fantastic.

Mildmay Street, Notting Hill Housing