Old and young united at coffee morning
A group of local pre-school children and Halesowen care home residents recently came together to enjoy a coffee morning with a difference after having been inspired by a heart-warming TV documentary.
Local charity NCT Stourbridge and Halesowen ran the first of its ‘Bridging the Generations Coffee Group’ sessions on Friday 9 February at Black Country Housing Group’s (BCHG) Gower Gardens Residential Care Home.
Inspired by the success of the Channel 4 documentary ‘Old People’s Home for 4-year olds’, the aim of the event was to transport a play session for pre-school children into a residential home for a morning so that the two generations could mix.
The children, aged from three months to four years, enjoyed playing skittles, sharing picture books and playing games with the residents, all aged 65 years and over.
Sarah Steadman, one of the mums attending with her 3-year old daughter Catherine, said: “We don’t have any older relatives in our family, so it was wonderful for my little girl to get to meet some older people and see that they are fun to play and spend time with.”
Amanda Tomlinson, Chief Executive of Black Country Housing Group, said:
“It was fantastic to see the smiles on residents’ faces when the children came in and it was wonderful to see both groups were really engaged in activities. We know the positive impact that events like this can have on the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of older people, including those with dementia, so were delighted to see everyone enjoying themselves.
I would like to thank the NCT staff for organising such a successful event and hope we can continue to host these coffee mornings at Gower Gardens in the future.”
Following the success of the pilot, the group will now be running sessions weekly. Parents and guardians can sign up and find out more about this and other events by following the branch on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NCTStourbridgeandHalesowen.
Each of the 66 high-quality bedrooms at the state-of the-art Gower Gardens care home is equipped with en-suite wet room facilities and include a flat screen TV, refrigerator, telephone and full Wi-Fi service, while the home also includes an in house cinema, café and a hairdressers.
The grounds incorporate landscaped sensory gardens with outdoor seating for residents and their guests to enjoy, while the home itself will be staffed by a professional team of fully trained, dedicated carers.
For more information about Gower Gardens, please call 0121 289 3965 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.