Care UK residents have started 2019 as they mean to go on, with many different intergenerational activities. In fact, in January, residents of Field Lodge in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, visited two schools in the space of a single week. They got together with pupils from Thorndown Primary School to enjoy a craft session, while another group shared their experiences of the Second World War with pupils at Westfield School.
Field Lodge residents have also been keeping fit, with a regular Love to Move class. This is a low impact, seated exercise class that helps to improve cognitive function and coordination. These sessions are often made even better when local pre-school children join in the fun.
A weekly highlight
At Chandler Court, our home in Bromsgrove, the weekly visit from youngsters of the Castle Nursery is a highlight for residents. Gail, the lifestyle lead, says, “We do activities with children of all ages, but the nursery children are our regular visitors. They come along to do all sorts of things, from baking to crafts and singing.”
As you can see from this short film, when the children arrive, every face lights up – resident and child alike.
Building new friendships
Residents at Weald Heights in Sevenoaks are always thinking of new ways to join forces with schools and children’s groups. A parent and toddler group meets each month to do a music session with residents. “The easy moves and well-known tunes mean that everyone can join in, and every-so-often a tiny tot will toddle to a resident to show them an instrument,” says Joy Corbett, lifestyle lead. “Over regular sessions, children, parents and residents are building lovely bonds.”
Last year, the home decided to start Spanish language lessons, with toddlers and their parents joining residents for the sessions. These use a blend of music, games, storytelling and role play to help all the generations learn a new language. In fact, the sessions have proved so successful that new classes are due to start shortly.
Giving back to the community
Last year, when residents from Heather View in Crowborough, East Sussex, heard that the 2nd Crowborough Brownies needed money for vital repairs to their building, they decided to do some fundraising for this local cause and had a great time reminiscing too.
In January, a group of residents proudly went along to the Brownies to give them a cheque for £150. It also proved to be a wonderful trip down memory lane for two Heather View residents in particular. Fond memories came flooding back as Florence, a former Brown Owl, and Patricia, a Girl Guide helper, remembered their younger years with the Brownies and Girl Guides.