Cinderford Partners with Hazelhurst Nursing Home
The idea of intergenerational care has been growing in popularity recently. Bringing children and older people together to play, sing and just spend some time in each other’s company is believed to have great benefits to both young and old alike. Finding ways to play an active role in the local community and diversifying the children’s experiences are both key aspects of our ethos. And so our Cinderford setting has formed a relationship with a nearby care home – Hazelhurst Nursing Home, part of the Herefordshire Care Homes Group and begun making regular visits to spend some time with some of the residents. It was lovely to see the reactions from our new elderly friends as the children entered the room. The children were so excited to sing and perform, singing a mixture of both traditional and new songs. The residents joined in with us, even teaching us some new songs that we hadn’t heard before.
Here are some of the children and residents’ feedback of the visit:
“I didn’t see Nanny but I saw lots of people’s nannies. I liked singing really loud.” – Emily, Happy Turtles.
“I was shy a little bit because I did not know the old people, but there was an old man and he was nice. We sang Old MacDonald and One Two Three Four Five, Once I Caught a Fish Alive and then we sat in the window and ate cookies.” – Arthur, Happy Turtles.
“The children are so lovely. It’s such a joy to see them” – Gwyn, Hazelhurst Nursing Home.
“They are beautiful, absolutely beautiful” – Sally, Hazelhurst Nursing Home.
The visit made all the children and Hazelhurst residents who took part very happy; it was a huge success. We are so excited for our children to be able to have these experiences. We know how much it benefits everyone, both old and young.
Karen Paterson, Setting Manager at Happy Turtles Cinderford, said, “As we stood and observed the children mixing with and enjoying the company of the residents, we were reminded of the importance of ‘standing on the shoulders of giants’ (Isaac Newton). We have so much to learn from the past by doing this, and it’s all part of building a great future.”
Nicki Thompson, Person Centred Lead at Hazlehurst Nursing Home commented, “At Herefordshire Care Homes we have seen the value of intergenerational working across our home group; seeing a greater sense of community, confidence building, purpose and friendships forging between the young and old. Hazelhurst look forward to working with Happy Turtles on creative projects and to see the positive impact that it will have on some of the individuals we support who love young people and who were carers or teachers in their previous working lives.”
Frances Jupp, Managing Director said, “Forming closer relationships between the different generations feels so important for our community. The pressures of modern society increasingly seem to break us apart and isolation is a huge threat for all of us, especially more vulnerable people. We know how much benefit the children derive from being involved in and better understanding the wider community. Being able to share some happiness is such a powerful learning experience ”.