School children, members of the community and care home residents have come together to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Residents from Quantum Care’s Pinewood Lodge Care Home in South Oxhey, Hertfordshire helped children from St Joseph’s School make cards for their loved ones at a local day centre.
The visit by the four to five year olds to the centre, which is run by Quantum Care for people in the local community, was part of the intergenerational Play with Care project, which is led by Chelsi Longsford and Hannah Henson from Three Rivers District Council.
The pilot six week scheme is running group activities, including decorating biscuits, making bird feeders and jewellery.
Hannah said: “We are so pleased with how the project is going. The interaction between the two groups has been amazing and as each week passes, we have seen them all become more confident with one other. It is obvious how much everyone enjoys it when you see them smiling and laughing together.”
Debbie Gilard, Head of Corporate Services for Quantum Care, added: “This is such a fantastic project and it is lovely to see how age is no barrier when it comes to having fun, and the school visits have now become the favourite day of the week for the residents of Pinewood Lodge.
“For day centre members, some may be living alone in the community and projects such as these can really help them to re-connect with other people. We have already seen the benefits of ‘Play with Care’ and hope that we can extend it to our other day centres in the area. We want to say a huge thank you to Chelsi, Hannah and the Three Rivers District Council for making this happen.”