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‘Barnyard’ experience for Benetas

Residents at Victoria’s Benetas Dalkeith Hostel have undergone a ‘barnyard’ experience as part of the organisation’s commitment to social inclusion among older Australians.

<p>Residents at Victoria's Benetas Dalkeith Hostel have undergone a 'barnyard' experience as part of the organisation's commitment to social inclusion among older Australians.</p>

Residents at Victoria's Benetas Dalkeith Hostel have undergone a 'barnyard' experience as part of the organisation's commitment to social inclusion among older Australians.

It was fun for all ages when the much anticipated Animals on the Move visited Benetas Dalkeith Hostel in Traralgon on Monday (2 March 2015).

Animals on the Move is a touring barnyard experience that involves meeting animals up close, animal feedings and learning about the different creatures, great and small.

The Animals on the Move program, which is part of Benetas’ commitment to social inclusion and provided via the Benetas fundraising program, provides an extremely positive experience for residents and a great opportunity for them to invite their friends and families along to enjoy the day’s events.

Benetas Dalkeith Hostel lifestyle coordinator, Karen Siddle, says the residents relished the experience, which she admits is a nice departure from their daily routines.

“It’s a really positive experience for residents and a great opportunity for them to have their friends and families along,” Ms Siddle says.

The opportunity to spend time with these animals is very special as we have many residents who grew up, or lived and worked on farms in the Latrobe Valley,” she says.

Calves, pigs, chicken, rabbits and guinea pigs from Animals on the Move were star attractions as they played and mingled with the residents.

Animals on the Move visits several times throughout the year and has become a popular addition the Benetas Dalkeith Hostel lifestyle program.

Benetas Dalkeith Hostel is home to 54 residents and is located in Traralgon.

The event is fully funded through Benetas’ fundraising program and continues with the generous support of many members of the community.

Find out more information about Benetas or support programs like Animals on the Move.

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