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Primary school children enjoy fun and games at elderly care home

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Taking a leaf out of Channel 4’s hit documentary ‘Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds’, Stocks Hall Care Home in Mawdesley, Lancashire invited children from Eccleston Primary School for a fun filled morning of activities.

The children joined residents as part of the home’s focus on developing positive intergenerational relationships and increasing participation in activities.

Home Manager, Faye Cooper, said: “Visits such as these can help positively impact the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of residents at the Home.  The group’s interaction was heart-warming to see and the faces of our ladies and gentlemen lit up when the children arrived.  They chatted, laughed, helped each other with activities and shared stories together.”

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Two more visits have been arranged, on one of which the residents will be visiting the school to spend time with the children in their own setting.

Deputy Headteacher of Eccleston Primary School, Kate Cranage, said: “What a rewarding experience it has been for our pupils to meet and build relationships with some of the older members of the community.

“The children have grown in confidence throughout the project whilst strengthening their social and emotional skills too.  It was wonderful to see how they all interacted and supported each other, with beaming smiles throughout!  The positives to be gained from work like this really are incredible and benefit all parties involved.”

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