HC-One care homes mark Global Intergenerational WeekHC-One care homes across Britain have marked the annual campaign of Global Intergenerational Week which takes place 24th – 30th April 2024 celebrating all things intergenerational. The campaign inspires individuals to embrace intergenerational practice and connects people of different generations through a variety of beneficial activities.

At Brandon House Care Home in Coventry, West Midlands, Creative Mojo who are an arts and crafts organisation and Lady Bird Pre-school visited the home to join residents in making a poster in honour of Jamaican Reggae music artist, Bob Marley. 

Both residents and the children really enjoyed spending time together and getting to know each other whilst keeping themselves busy in an arts and crafts painting session. The residents and children enjoyed the activity and spending time together so much that the school has agreed to visit the home on a regular basis. 

Sheryl Davis, Home Manager at Brandon House Care Home, said:

“We were delighted to welcome Creative Mojo and Lady Bird Pre-school to Brandon House. Developing intergenerational relationships is very important. The sessions help residents to build valuable connections whilst teaching and sharing their wisdom with younger generations. 

“We look forward to welcoming Lady Bird Pre-school back to Brandon House in the near future to continue to develop the relationships between the children and residents.”

At Meadow Bank Care Home in Preston, Lancashire, Wellbeing Coordinator, Dawn Ward’s grandson, Sebastian Taylor-Ward, aged 16 months, visited the home to bring a smile to residents’ faces. Residents enjoyed meeting Sebastian, giving him lots of cuddles and chatting to him. Resident Edna Hall, aged 86 years old, enjoyed a game of pass the balloon with Sebastian which kept both parties entertained. 

Caroline Daley, Home Manager at Meadow Bank Care Home, stated:

“Residents really enjoyed meeting Sebastian and spending time with him. Thank you to Dawn for bringing Sebastian into Meadow Bank to meet residents. 

“Building intergenerational relationships is very important to us at Meadow Bank Care Home, as it can help improve attitudes, behaviours, and the quality of life of both younger and older generations.”

At Newlands Care Home in Stockport, Cheshire, the home welcomed The Heaton’s at St. Paul’s Nursery who take care and teach young children aged 3 – 4 years old. The children and residents took part in an arts and crafts session which involved making salt dough dragons and monsters. 

Resident Norma Richardson was also pleasantly surprised as amongst the children who visited was her Great Granddaughter, Minnie Richardson, who regularly visits the home to see Norma. 

Melissa Johnson, Home Manager at Newlands Care Home, commented: 

“We were delighted to welcome The Heaton’s at St. Paul’s Nursery to visit Newlands Care Home. Residents really enjoyed taking part in an arts and crafts session with the children and chatting to them. It was great to see meaningful relationships being formed between the residents and nursery children.”