Residents from Tamarix Lodge visiting School House Nursery

A Yorkshire care home has teamed up with a local nursery to promote engagement and friendship.

Tamarix Lodge in Withernsea, part of not for profit organisation Hica Group, and School House Nursery are to provide regular activities for residents and children to take part in together.

Penni Brown, chief executive of Hica Group, said: “The partnership is a great example of how to bridge the gap between young children and older people. It is a fantastic idea, which will be hugely beneficial to both the residents and the children at School House Nursery.

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“Activities such as these are really important to our residents as they encourage community engagement and interaction with different people and age groups. Activities across Hica Group are always planned to suit their individual needs as well as support mental and physical health and wellbeing.”

The programme’s activities, which will include exercise classes, crafts and singing, will be hosted by the nursery and Tamarix Lodge.

Carole Martin, owner of School House Nursery, said: “We are passionate at bridging the gap between younger and older people. We have had a great deal of experience of intergenerational partnerships and it’s clear to see the positive benefits it brings to both the children and the Tamarix Lodge residents.”

Alison Bedford, manager of Tamarix Lodge, said: “The partnership between Tamarix Lodge and School House Nursery is something which our residents are really excited about.

“In addition to building up a friendship between the residents and children, activities like this really encourage residents to engage and participate, as well as having fun. It will be great to see the ongoing benefits that this partnership will have on our residents.”

Nightingale Hammerson last year became the first care home provider to open an onsite nursery (see First of its kind nursery opens).

Intergenerational think-tank United for All Ages, meanwhile, is leading a campaign to have 500 care home nurseries open across the UK in the next five years (see London conference helps bridge the care age divide).

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