A PROJECT inspired by the iconic film Kes, using birds of prey to help troubled youngsters in real life, has been chosen as a finalist in a national awards scheme.
The Kes Project, run by Barnsley housing management firm Berneslai Homes and Carlton Community College, is through to the last stage of this year’s Northern Region Tenant Participation Advisory Service Awards.
The project was set up last year to use birds of prey as a diversionary activity to help pupil Ben Brettoner, aged 16, from Athersley North.
Ben showed a real passion for birds of prey and the idea was set up by Berneslai Homes Housing Management Officer Chris Corker who keeps and shows birds of prey.
After meeting Ben he set up the course for other students, funded by Carlton Community College.
Ben successfully passed his course and was presented with his certificate last June.
He said: “I really enjoyed flying the birds and learning all about them. I would love to get a job in the future working in falconry.”
Berneslai Homes housing management director Mark McGee said: “This project has been a great success and Ben’s behaviour has been remarkable - he’s now a role model for young people in his area.”