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TALONS OWLTIMATE ENCOUNTERS CIC is a fully licensed animal encounter, non profit community interest company based in Cornwall. We pride ourselves on providing entertaining and educational encounters for schools and other academic institutions, fun ‘meet and greet’ encounters for events, parks, parties, weddings, clubs and groups, and we specialise in therapeutic (Cognitive Stimulation Therapy) encounters for the more vulnerable members of our society i.e. the elderly, dementia sufferers, special needs, learning and other disabilities.
We spend a lot of our time working with clients of all ages, who suffer from varying degrees of disability, and we have had some amazing reactions and results from our work with them. We are frequently asked by these groups whether they can visit the farm where we are based (we have so much here for them to see and so many more wonderful animals to meet). Well yes, we'd love to have them here, but we do not have the disabled access and facilities these people need. We decided to look into the viability of making us accessible and arranged an access survey, carried out by Disability Cornwall. It's not a huge amount of work we need doing - a parking area, access over gravelled tracks, ramps and a toilet. The biggest issue, as always, is the cost. We don't have any spare money as the animals see to that, and getting grant funding is nigh on impossible at the moment (we've tried!).We have the full support of Disability Cornwall, who are keen to have somewhere like this, fully accessible for their clients, as it is much needed. We have had visits from a few groups, (elderly, autistic, with some in wheelchairs) and the feedback has been wonderful, but it would be even better if we could provide the facilities that would make their time here so much easier.