Residents at Windmill House care home in Wymondham are delighted to be involved with local community organization, Friend In Deed.
Set up to reduce loneliness and promote kindness in the community, the Friend in Deed’s little visitors scheme, sees parents and caregivers bring their babies and children into care homes, to interact with residents.
The partnership was formed with Windmill House in December 2022 with Director of Friend In Deed, Kelly Lindsay.
The little visitor scheme has been taking part every Monday at the Wymondham care home and has seen many new friendships across the generations. For residents at the home, the time with the toddlers can help support their emotional wellbeing and provide new social interactions.
Kellly Lindsay, Director of Friend In Deed, said: ‘We have been working with Windmill House care home since December 2022 and the initial impact has been fantastic. Our intergenerational services help reduce loneliness and promote kindness by inviting babies, toddlers and school aged children into Windmill House and we are already seeing some special friendships flourish. By connecting Windmill House to the local community in and around the Wymondham area, we are helping to create kinder communities and remind older people in care homes that they are still loved and have significant purpose.’
Fran Annis, Wellbeing Lead at Windmill House, said: “We are overjoyed to run this weekly scheme with Friend In Deed and have seen many fantastic benefits in the residents every time they visit. Integrated, supportive and kind communities are so important in reducing loneliness and spreading positivity. It is a privilege to watch the residents build relationships with the little visitors and their parents; we look forward to many more visits in the future.”
Find out more by the organization by visiting: www.friendindeed.org.uk