RESIDENTS of a nursing home in Hayes have been trying their hand at digital art, dance and poetry in an initiative aimed at bringing creativity into care homes and the community.

The year-long project involves residents and staff at Parkfield House in Charville Lane West working with the Equal Arts charity in weekly sessions led by professional artists.

This autumn, members of the group, known as the Parkfield Peckers, showcased their creativity at the Campaign to End Loneliness conference at the British Library in London.

Home manager Wendy Bristow said “The past few months have been amazing.

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"It provides something new and interesting for residents and it’s fantastic to see how much joy it brings to those involved.”

Parkfield House is among the 40-plus care and community locations taking part in HenPower, Equal Arts’ innovative scheme involving hen-keeping.

Looking after feathered friends can help provide people with a role and responsibility and a shared interest.

HenPower in Hillingdon currently has several volunteering opportunities. To find out more, call  0191 477 5775 or email