We try to have as many intergenerational activities as possible at Heathlands Village because of the amazing effect it has on people’s wellbeing – we have a number of ongoing projects.
These photos are from a recent session with a local primary school. As a Jewish home it is lovely to host local children who are not of the Jewish faith, hopefully not only helping to break down generational barriers but cultural and religious too. See below:
This year’s intergenerational programme between Butterstile Primary School and Heathlands Village’s activity team has got off to a wonderful start. At the first session this year’s intake of visiting pupils came and read personal letters to named residents. The idea was to help break the ice for the year ahead when they will come to the village regularly to share different activities with the people who live here.
By reading out their letters they got over any initial nerves or shyness, and shared facts about their families, pets and hobbies and so on. From here the conversation flowed beautifully sparking residents to remember things from their own childhood.
The children have already been back in to take part in last week’s Festival of Kindness – more on that later. Here are residents Rae and Max listening attentively to while the children read them their letters.