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Bridging the generation gap at Sycamore Grange

Release Date: 08-Apr-2011
Residents from Sycamore Grange in Golcar have teamed up with children from nearby Beech School in a new project that involves different generations learning together.
Sabrina Hamilton aged 7 and Harry Marchington aged 6, with Sycamore Grange resident, Vera Bowes.

Sabrina Hamilton aged 7 and Harry Marchington aged 6, with Sycamore Grange resident, Vera Bowes.

The project is being organized by KNH, which first approached the school with the idea of establishing stronger links with its retirement grange. A key aim of the project is to improve older residents’ quality of life by enabling them to take a more active role in their communities.

The children will team up with elderly residents once a term to study a theme they are learning about in the classroom. This term, the children are learning about healthy eating. So grange residents helped them make wild animals out of fruit and vegetables, with both young and old learning about the health benefits of eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

Jimmy Woods, a resident from Sycamore Grange, explained why he loves the project: “It’s brilliant to see the children’s inventiveness. It makes us come alive. We would normally just be wasting the afternoon sat doing nothing in our rooms.”

The children thought the day was “awesome” and said it was “great to meet new mates.”

Class teacher Mrs Marchington, agreed: “It was a real success. Everyone enjoyed the afternoon and it was lovely to see the children and residents chatting together. The children loved it!”

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