New friendships forged

Inspired 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 was approached by Eccleston Primary School, which arranged for its reception children to spend the morning with the home's activities team to focus on developing good intergenerational relationships and increasing active participation of residents in a range of new activities. 

Two visits have now taken place during which the children and residents have been forming positive relationships. 

Home manager, Faye Cooper, says: “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, during 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 says: “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."

Stocks Hall Mawdesley would like to say thank you to the children and staff from Eccleston Primary School for visiting the home. The children are a credit to the school and they look forward to future sessions.


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