Beccles Care Home Collaborates With Local Primary School to Promote Intergenerational Friendships

A family-owned Beccles care home has collaborated with a local primary school to promote intergenerational friendships and boost the wellbeing of residents.

Wellbeing Care’s St George’s care home recently welcomed a visit from 31 pupils at The Albert Pye School to foster intergenerational relationships through collaborative activities.

As part of the feel-good initiative, the schoolchildren bonded with the residents by drawing pictures, reading story books and playing games together.

The physical, mental and emotional benefits of intergenerational relationships are widely acknowledged, with several studies indicating that they are mutually beneficial.

Children who participate in activities with older adults tend to have improved communication and problem-solving skills, and a more positive attitude toward community service. Whereas older people who interact with children and younger adults consistently report much less symptoms of depression, better physical health, and a higher degree of life satisfaction.

Discussing the importance of the initiative, Henrietta Lane, Year 3 class teacher and Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities Coordinator at The Albert Pye School, said:
“The children really enjoyed getting to know people from a different generation, and it taught them a lot about respecting the elderly.

“They really enjoyed reading and drawing with the residents, and have since talked positively about the different residents they met and made friends with — they even know them by name now!”

Henrietta continued: “The children received a warm welcome from staff and residents at St George’s care home, who strived to ensure the visit was fun and engaging. This initiative will certainly be something that we wish to continue next year. It has been very beneficial to the children, and I hope it has been just as positive for the residents at St George’s too.”

Joy Henshaw, registered manager of Wellbeing Care, added:
“This initiative has greatly benefitted our residents, especially Jean, who used to be a teacher. She and our other residents loved chatting with the children, who were very friendly and keen to engage in collaborative activities.”

She concluded:

“Everybody is already looking forward to the school children’s next visit – the residents especially loved all the lovely drawings they left us. Looking to the future, we hope to continue partnering with The Albert Pye School as there are so many benefits to intergenerational relationships, so we’re excited to see how this and other collaborations positively impact our residents in the upcoming months.”

 

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