Lytham St Annes primary school children forge friendships with older people


A local primary school in Lytham St Annes has forged an ongoing link with a recently opened care centre and will be delighting residents with regular visits.


The junior school children (aged between eight and 10) from Heyhouses Church of England Primary School on Clarendon Road North in Lytham St Annes will be visiting the The Hamptons care centre, off Heyhouses Lane, two or three times each month for an uplifting afternoon of fun and interaction with the residents.


Each visit will take a different theme and encourage the residents and children to work together on a stimulating activity that involves them working as a team, taking turns and communicating with each other.  Visits will last for around an hour and aim to provide interaction, engagement, laughter, conversation and entertainment for all involved.


For the children, a visit to the care home links to the personal, social and health education element of Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum building the children’s understanding of the world around them and their knowledge of citizenship.


For the residents, it continues their connections with young people in society, builds confidence and their ability to interact with others.  It is also a good opportunity to encourage independence and mobility – all while having fun.


Pastoral care manager, Sara Richardson said: “It’s great to be involved with the local community and we’re delighted to be making regular visits to our new friends at The Hamptons.  With visits such as these we have the opportunity to help children gain a better understanding of the world around them and gain confidence and awareness about the needs of others.  It’s such a positive experience for all involved.”


Home manager, Lorraine Disley, added: “Our residents enjoyed their first meeting with the children from the primary school and we’re really looking forward to our regular visits.  Bringing children and the elderly together has so many benefits, these will be wonderful afternoons for all involved.”


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