TALONS OWLTIMATE ENCOUNTERS CIC – who are we, and what do we do?
WHO ARE WE?
Talons came about back in 2016 when I (SENARA) started offering hands on experiences with my owls, and then I was asked if I would take them out to care homes. MATT joined me shortly after, bringing his wealth of experience with all things reptilian. Word soon spread, bookings came flooding in, and we decided to increase our animal collection so we could cater for all tastes. In 2018 we applied to become a not for profit Community Interest Company – my daughter TEGEN joined us shortly after, on completion of her degree in Conservation and Ecology.
WHAT DO WE DO?
1. We specialise in cognitive stimulation therapy for the elderly and dementia sufferers. We visit residential and nursing homes throughout Cornwall and South Devon, taking our amazing birds and animals out to meet the residents, which gives them great joy and fond memories.
2. We visit groups and day centres for the disabled – both mentally and physically – providing animal therapy in a fun and informal environment.
3. Schools – educational animal encounters that support and enhance the curriculum.
4.Weddings, parties, events – we bolster our income by attending private functions and public events.
5. Conservation – we breed many species of owl that are struggling in the wild.
6. Wildlife rescue – we have recently built a small hospital/rehabilitation unit so that we can expand our rescue work. We have the facilities, and experience, to help hedgehogs, owls and other birds of prey, deer and native reptiles.
7. We offer specialised groups, such as those for autism, dementia, behavioural issues etc., organised visits to our base, for a great day out with lots of fun and laughter.
WHAT ARE OUR RUNNING COSTS?
It costs, on average, about £3000 per month to keep Talons running, but this doesn’t account for vet’s bills, which tend to crop up when you least expect, or want them! Although we do charge for our visits, it’s nowhere near enough to cover our costs so we are reliant on our ‘bucket rattling’, whether at events, shopping centres, or in car parks – the bulk of which happens during the summer months when we try to ensure we have enough money put aside to keep us going over the quieter periods i.e. Nov, Jan, Feb and March (doesn’t usually go to plan!).
This is why we are so desperate for your support if we’ve got any chance at all of surviving the Covid-19 crisis – it is going to affect our work for many months to come.
Our dedicated Covid 19 fundraising page – www.givey.com/helpsavetalons