Young and old people united in festive fun

November 29 2018

RESIDENTS from Whitelodge care home in Fishponds will enjoy festive activities with children from a nearby school thanks to an initiative that brings young and old together.

The residents from the Downend Road care home are being paired up with pupils from Gracefields School through the Bristol charity Alive.

The charity's Access All Ages scheme arranges for children to come for regular visits at  care homes in the city where they take part in hands-on creative activities with older people whilst making new friendships. 

One seasonal activity involves using iPads to explore each other’s memories of Christmas and make festive digital collages. 

Marta Haire, care home activities coordinator, said: "It is so heart-warming to see how the children interact with the residents. It’s also lovely for the staff to see the interaction, it makes our jobs feel so worthwhile and rewarding to see the residents so happy."

Alive’s chief executive Simon Bernstein said: "Alive’s mission is to put older people’s wellbeing at the heart of care. Our intergenerational projects have transformed the lives of many socially isolated older people in Bristol care homes during the past five years and has helped forge lasting relationships between the generations. We want all older people in care to be connected to younger people in their community, and Alive is at the forefront of driving this change forwards."

The long-term aim of Access All Ages is for every care home to be connected with a school.