Bob’s got himself some new buddies

One of three baby owls which have been added to the team at Bobs Buddies.
One of three baby owls which have been added to the team at Bobs Buddies.

Bobs Buddies, a new family business based in Lonmay, has recently acquired three baby owls to add to their team for their therapeutic and educational work.

Following a presentation to the Princes Trust Bobs Buddies was awarded the maximum £1,000 grant and bought the birds of prey from the Scottish Owl Centre.

Bobs Buddies use their hand-reared therapy owls to help and educate children and adults including the elderly, and those with additional support needs and mental health issues.

They are extremely flexible and can go along to when and wherever they are needed, whether you are a business, a venue/event or just interested in seeing the owls.

For a therapy session, Bobs Buddies offers a therapeutic opportunity to spend time with the owls and a kind ear to talk to.

Owner and founder William Lawson, said: “Being Autistic, Bipolar and having ADHD myself, l know what it can be like to struggle, especially with social situations.

“By starting up this business I am enjoying what I am doing in life, working with my owls and most importantly helping others who are in the situation I was in before.

“With my owls, l have been able to overcome many obstacles and knowing that this helps for me, I want to share my experiences, help others with their issues and to let people know that they are not alone.

“We know that no everyone is always happy in life and we have personally seen that our owls help increase the mood in our clients after spending time with them.”

Co-manager, Louise said: “We just want to be able to help, where and whenever possible, be it a care home, school, birthday or a therapy session.

“If we make someone smile it’s job done!”

The three new owls are going through training to prepare for their role, and will more than double the capacity of the organisation so they can help more people.

The babies joined the Bobs Buddies team at eight weeks old.

All five of the teams owls are different breeds: a British Barn Owl, a Snowy, an American Barn Owl, a Long Eared Owl and a Tawny.

Bobs Buddies appreciates the help from Business Gateway, JCP, the Princes Trust, Aberdeenshire Council and the many others that have been supportive over the last few months of starting up the caring family business.

For more information, find Bobs Buddies on Facebook or visit their website at www.bobsbuddies.co.uk