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18 October 2019

Bridging the gap between old and young

We’ve got some young visitors at Sherwood House.

Thanks to an exciting new collaboration between Sherwood House and Linby-cum-Papplewick C of E Primary School, a group of six children are spending an hour a week with its residents.

In January 2019, they began this special partnership with the primary school next door and together they’ve developed an intergenerational programme. Currently, the children in year 5 and 6 visit Sherwood House for an hour once a week for a half a term.

A ‘getting to know you session’ always forms part of the first visit. Each child and resident creates their own rainbow picture, with each colour representing something important about them. This is a great conversation starter and helps everyone to relax and enjoy themselves.

“I can’t wait for next week to come around.” Shelia, one of the residents said when she got involved in one of the sessions.

As the weeks progress, more activities are introduced and the children work together with a resident to produce a variety of artwork.

Board games also provide a bit of competitive fun, with cards proving very popular. Through these activities, both children and residents get a boost to their self-esteem and confidence.

“Makes me feel young at heart”, said Audrey another one of the residents.

As the visits come to an end, the children’s families are invited to Sherwood House to share their achievements and celebrate with tea and cakes.

They've had a tremendously successful start to this project and they’re looking forward to continuing this work into the new school year.

A special thanks goes out to the Gray Trust for funding the teaching assistant who plans and facilitates the sessions.