Youngsters from the local Newton Flotman ‘Church Mice’ parent and toddler group visited the senior citizens at the home as part of an autumn crafts session, which was designed to provide fun, entertainment and stimulation for everyone, as well as a play and learning opportunity for the younger ones.
Residents were invited to join the toddlers in painting, drawing and collage activities and, together, they created colourful multimedia pictures and collages of autumnal themes.
Kerry Gooda, Manager at Olive House residential home said: “These kinds of sessions are invaluable to both the residents and the children. They promote social and physical interaction, as well as mental stimulation for the younger and the older generation. There is also a lot of fun and laughter when the children visit the home; it certainly brings out the youth in our residents!”
The visits from the Church Mice group have been taking place throughout the year and have become a regular fixture in the calendar. The sessions are of great value on several levels to both groups as it encourages stimulation of the mind and imagination, as well as the physical use of hands and fingers for sticking, painting and drawing. The use of different materials also provides a great sensory experience for all involved.
After the craft session, everyone joined in together for a harvest festival style sing-along, which involved movement and actions, providing great entertainment for those who took part.
Added Kerry: “Forging relationships within the local community and bringing together the generations is all part of the holistic approach to our work here at Olive House. It’s not just about attending to the physical and medical needs of residents, but we also concern ourselves with their social and emotional wellbeing, as we believe improvements in these contribute towards improvements in their overall well-being and quality of life.”