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Proud to be supported by The National Lottery Community Fund

 

Talons Owltimate Encounters is a community interest company. In order to be accepted by the Regulator as a CIC, you must be able to satisfy the community interest test – in other words you have to demonstrate that the company is being formed to serve the community, rather than for private profit motives.

We are very proud of our strong company ethos to support, embrace and contribute to our community and we have worked hard to build strong relationships with local groups and organisations. You can find us supporting local events and fundraisers, holding ‘free to attend’ roadshows, providing valuable experience and training to volunteers, and offering animal rescue and re-homing services, to name just a few.

SIMS course at Talons

Back in 2019 we were delighted to be involved in the provision of a course run by  local organisation Step into MY Shoes CIC 

Step Into Animal Magic was a 5 week workshop looking at health management combined with distraction. The project was the 1st collaboration between Step Into MY Shoes CIC  and Talons Owltimate Encounters, who delighted participants with their birds, mammals and reptiles. Our target area was Pelynt and surrounding areas, and Step Into MY Shoes c.i.c were successful in their bid for comic relief funding enabling the delivery of this unique workshop, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

Feedback from participants included the following comments:

“Getting time with the animals, setting goals and achieving them. Feeling welcome and accepted for all that I spoke about. This course has literally saved my life. All the things I have gained during the 5 weeks of the course has made a difference to my life.”

“I enjoyed the sessions I attended. I found the Theory side useful and insightful and on the practical side very pleasing and to handle and interact with the different animals was very enjoyable. The course was emotional and raised my awareness so this has had a positive impact on me and my life.”

 

CHRISTMAS 2020 

In an effort to bring some much needed Christmas cheer, we decided to build a grotto at Talons HQ, specifically designed for those with physical and learning disabilities. The Covid pandemic had caused all their day centres, organised events, and visits from us, to be cancelled, causing huge disappointment and a lot of frustration. We carefully planned the grotto to ensure that we could accommodate every one’s needs, and filled it with several of some our most popular animals and birds. Every effort was made to make it as Covid safe as possible. The feedback from all our visitors was wonderful, with everyone enjoying their Christmas treat in a relaxing atmosphere with no crowds, no loud noise, no queuing, wheelchair access and super friendly animals. What more could you ask for?

 

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VOLUNTEERING AT TALONS

We offer volunteering opportunities at Talons, working with the birds and animals – this can involve attending events, assisting with visits to homes and schools, and helping with the routine care and attention that is required on a daily basis. We work closely with a local charity, providing volunteer placements to those members of our society who need a helping hand to regain confidence and a sense of value. Volunteers must be over 18 yrs of age.

If you would like to talk to us about our volunteering opportunities, then please contact us.

 

Talons disabled owl

We have several projects ‘on the boil’ that we hope to see come to fruition in the next year or two. They will involve offering further amenities to the disabled, and those living with long term health conditions and mental health issues. One of the directors of Talons suffers from a debilitating long term illness, so we can empathise and identify with this particular issue.  We also intend to expand our rehabilitation facilities to provide a local facility, encouraging community involvement and integration.

 

If you know of, or are part of a local group or organisation, which could benefit from working with us, then please get in touch.

 

FRIENDS OF TALONS (FOTOE) Become a friend by sponsoring an animal, helping us to fund raise, volunteering or by running promotional campaigns on our behalf (social media etc.). All FOTOE members receive exclusive insights, visits and other privileges.

 

COMMUNITY LINKS

Kernow Weather Team is an independently run, non profit related, friendly team with a genuine interest in our weather in Cornwall.    http://www.kernowweatherteam.co.uk

The Rusty Bucket    https://www.therustybucket.co.uk/

CAPH is a Community Interest Company owned by schools in Cornwall. Our purpose is to be a vehicle for improvement and innovation for education in Cornwall, through supporting school leaders and staff.    https://www.caph.org.uk/web/home/7