Two generations come together for community pilot

Two of the residents, Gladys Peacock and Betty Sizer.
Two of the residents, Gladys Peacock and Betty Sizer.

Residents of a retirement living scheme for older people in Soham have been hand painting, bug hunting and gardening with local primary school pupils as part of an intergenerational project.

Residents from Sanctuary Retirement Living’s Millbrook House, on Lode Close, have been entertaining pupils from Weatheralls Primary School over the past four weeks.

Each Friday, pupils from the school have undertaken a different activity with the residents, including handprint painting, making place mats, bug hunts and planting nasturtium seeds in Millbrook House’s garden.

In the most recent visit, pupils joined residents for a picnic and games, including pass the parcel and singing nursery rhymes.

The series of activities have formed a pilot project initiated by Neighbourhood Cares, which first approached the scheme, staff at Weatheralls Primary School and Cambridgeshire charity Care Network who together helped arrange the events and activities.

The project was formed to help the different generations integrate, provide fulfilling activities and reduce social isolation among older people.

Sanctuary Retirement Living scheme services manager Debbie Cram said: “These past few weeks have provided some fantastic activities for our residents and pupils alike.

“Some of our residents don’t often get to see their grandchildren or great-grandchildren, or don’t have a wider family, so it’s been wonderful for them. We’ve been delighted to host the pupils and we hope they’ve enjoyed themselves as much as we have.”

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