Owls help the vulnerable spread their wings
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16 Feb 2018
Hack Back is a Community
Interest Company (CIC) that works with a wide range of individuals facing
significant barriers which prevent them from reaching their full potential in
Hack Back helps people build
their self-esteem and confidence by combining psychological therapies with interaction with birds of
prey and the natural environment.
Anita is a qualified
psychologist, behavioural coach and therapist, and is a member of the British
Psychological Society. After using birds of prey in leadership and management
development programmes for many years, she set up Hack Back in 2012, using the
birds in therapy, education and training.
The Royden Park Project is run by Wirral Evolutions and provides
opportunities for disabled people to gain training in horticulture,
conservation and woodwork in a supportive environment. It works in conjunction with
‘Hack Back’ to provide interactive therapy through falconry experiences and
Greenwood MP said:
was wonderful to see how much everyone enjoyed meeting Murray and the other two
owls at the event, Mango and Axel.
made sure that everyone who wanted to had the chance to hold one of the owls.
these beautiful birds fly overhead at close quarters was really exhilarating
and it was clear that everyone got a great deal out of spending time with them.
with Murray, Mango and Axel was clearly a positive experience, helping people
to develop self-confidence and communication skills.
Royden Park Project and Hack Back are making a real difference to people with
have been working with Royden Park Project for nearly four years and the whole
experience has had an impact on everyone involved including me and the Royden
Park staff. It was wonderful of Margaret to come along and learn about the work
also recently published a book called Murray’s Wings which has been designed to
be read with children to stimulate discussion about personal and private
have been trialling the book in local schools with great results. An autistic
boy in one school recently said to his teacher: ‘The book isn’t just about
Murray, Miss, it’s also about us and learning to keep us safe’, so I think the
message is being clearly understood.”
Back is currently looking for corporate sponsorship to help them to deliver
more sessions to local hospices such as Claire House Hospice where they are regular
visitors, and to people living with life limiting illness.
can find out more about Hack Back here: http://www.hack-back.org.uk/ and about The
Royden Park Project via Wirral Evolutions here: http://www.wirralevolutions.org/
can follow Murray the Owl – named after Tennis star Andy Murray – on Twitter
(@burrowingbolt) and Instagram (@murraytheowl).