New Friendships Forged As Primary School Visits Local Care Home

NewInspired by Channel 4’s ‘Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds’, Stocks Hall Care Home in Mawdesley, Lancashire recently welcomed children from a nearby Primary School for a fun filled morning.

Stocks Hall Mawdesley Home were approached by Eccleston Primary School who arranged for their Reception children to spend the morning to join the home’s Activities Team with a focus on developing good intergenerational relationships and increasing active participation of residents in a range of new activities.

Two visits have now taken place in which the children and residents are forming positive relationships.

Home Manager, Faye Cooper said “Visits such as these can help positively impact the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of residents at the Home. The groups’ interaction was heart-warming to see and the faces of our ladies and gentlemen lit up when the children arrived. They chatted, laughed, helped each other with activities and shared stories together.”

Two more visits have been arranged, one of which the residents will be visiting the school to spend time with the children in their own setting.

Deputy Headteacher of Eccleston Primary School, Kate Cranage said “What a rewarding experience it has been for our pupils to meet and build relationships with some of the older members of the community. The children have grown in confidence throughout the project whilst strengthening their social and emotional skills too. It was wonderful to see how they all interacted and supported each other, with beaming smiles throughout! The positives to be gained from work like this really are incredible and benefit all parties involved.”