High flying excitement for care tenants

Residents saw four birds including an owl and a falcon.
Residents saw four birds including an owl and a falcon.

Tenants of a Bury St Edmunds supported housing service have been enjoying a high flying spot of entertainment, thanks to a visit by a specialist bird handler.

Sanctuary Supported Living’s (SSL) Hilltop House, which provides domiciliary care for people with disabilities, welcomed in social enterprise Wings of Freedom to give tenants an afternoon to remember.

Bird handler Colin Sutherland introduced tenants to his trained owls and falcon, which each waited patiently on his wrist, allowing tenants to pet them and get a closer look.

The animals are just four of many cared for by Wings of Freedom, which operates a 24-hour rescue service for owls and birds of prey and delivers presentations with those rescued to people with special needs.

Tenant Anthony Buttifant said: “It was lovely to see the birds because they were very fluffy. It was a great experience and I loved it.”


Tenants at Hilltop House play a key role in the development of their service, helping to shape events and activities.

Local service manager Emma Warren added: “This was something that was a bit different for our tenants and was something they had expressed an interest in for a while, so we thought it’d be a lovely thing to do.”

"Colin put on a wonderful display for them and everyone had a fantastic time.”

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