Northfleet care home and school nursery see intergenerational project blossom
PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 February 2020
An experimental intergenerational project between a care home and nursery in Northfleet has blossomed.
Children from Northfleet Nursery initially visited residents at Dene Holm
Residential Care Home in December, followed by a trip to the nursery for the care home residents to watch the children's Nativity play.
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Resident, Margaret Smith now volunteers to help the children read, and said: "It's wonderful, I have never been happier than I am now."
And Chris Hutchinson, general manager at Dene Holm, added: "As we expected and hoped, it's been really beneficial for both the residents and the children, they just love having each other around."
He said a report by United for all Ages found Britain is one of the most age segregated countries in the world, making intergenerational projects vital to give older people a sense of purpose and feel less depressed.
Children also see improved communication skills and social interaction.