Waterfield House care home in Hadleigh, Ipswich, were overjoyed by the turn out in the community, at their summer kids club in August.
The home is operated by Runwood Homes Senior Living and is rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission.
The team hosted weekly afternoon activity sessions for children to spend time with the residents at Waterfield House, such as games, arts, crafts and messy play.
The summer kids club was introduced to the community to children of all ages, as an opportunity to come together, but also an opportunity to nurture the relationship between the young and the elderly.
Facilitating the connections between young and old makes a huge difference to residents in care at Runwood Homes. The summer kids club at Waterfield House has helped to develop the positive intergenerational relationships and provided a place for families to watch their children explore their creativity with a different generation.
David, father of two sons at the kid’s club, said:
“It was amazing to have something free for the children to attend in the summer holidays. My boys looked forward to going every Tuesday and were very excited to come here.”
Amanda Thackery, Home Manager at Waterfield House, said:
“We have absolutely loved hosting the weekly activity sessions with the kids, and it was wonderful to see the smiles on the resident’s faces. It has been lovely watching the residents connect with the younger generation and reminisce together. The residents felt young at heart; it was beneficial for their wellbeing and gave them purpose to teach and interact with the children. An overall positive experience and we welcome any community initiatives like this in the future.”