Every other Monday Sally and Elaine take 5 children to visit Furze Hill residential home for a couple of hours.
This visit has been very beneficial to the children and to the elderly residents as both the children and adults look forward to the morning. Each week is different, we take some activities with us to form a starting point and then let the children and elderly interact.
We have found that the interactions between them have been amazing, the children are learning all the time from learning about their bodies – asking questions to the elderly about things such as the veins in their hands, to the elderly have tried to teach the children to play simply nursery rhymes on the piano. The conversations that take place are invaluable to both the children and residents.
The children are building up positive relationships with the elderly, both the children and the elderly are remembering their names and the activities they have done the previous week and build on this all the time.