Here at Wellbeing Care, we love getting involved with the local community.
Community activities can help our residents stay connected and allow them to forge positive connections with the people around them. One such relationship is that with our local primary school, The Albert Pye School.
This month, we’re sharing details of our latest collaboration with them in a bid to promote intergenerational friendships:
Community Activities: Welcoming the Local School
Meaningful connections can have a positive impact on the wellbeing of our residents, whilst intergenerational friendships can offer different perspectives and understandings of the world and other people.
Here at St George’s, we invited students from the local school to come and meet our residents, as one of our recent community activities. The aim of this was to enhance the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of our residents.
Community Activities: The Importance of Intergenerational Friendships
Intergenerational friendships are beneficial for all.
For children, they can help to improve communication and problem-solving skills. For adults, they can reduce symptoms of depression and enhance physical health.
They can also offer opportunities to learn new skills, and lead to reduced feelings of loneliness.
Henrietta Lane is the Year 3 Class Teacher and Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities Coordinator at The Albert Pye School. She said: “The children enjoyed getting to know people from a different generation, and it taught them a lot about respecting the elderly.
“They received a warm welcome from staff and residents at St George’s Care Home, who strived to ensure the visit was fun and engaging. This initiative will be something that we wish to continue next year. It has been very beneficial to the children, and I hope it has been just as positive for the residents at St George’s too.”
Partnering With The Albert Pye School
Our residents thoroughly enjoyed the school visit. They spent plenty of time talking to the children and sharing stories with them.
One of our residents, Jean - a former teacher - found the experience particularly enjoyable, and it resurfaced fond memories from her past.
Joy Henshaw, our registered manager here at Wellbeing Care, said: “This initiative has benefited our residents. They loved chatting with the children, who were very friendly and keen to engage in collaborative activities.
“We're already looking forward to the school children’s next visit – the residents especially loved all the lovely drawings they left us.
“Looking to the future, we hope to continue partnering with The Albert Pye School. There are so many benefits to intergenerational relationships, so we’re excited to see how this - and other collaborations - impact our residents in the upcoming months.”
Here at St George's, we’re looking forward to future collaborations and community activities. For now, though, why not read our previous blog on our partnership with Gfitness?
Alternatively, please contact a member of our team for more information about our care services here at St George’s.