Old and young get together as part of charity initiative
Scouts and schoolchildren have been enlisted to help older people in Thornbury.
Members of 3rd Thornbury Scouts have helped residents from Beech House care home to take part in the Remembrance Parade by pushing their wheelchairs.
The young people are taking part in a project called ‘Making Pals’, organised by the local charity ‘Alive’. It aims to connect care home residents to their local communities. ‘Alive’ works across the UK to enrich the lives of older people.
The project is also helping the Scouts to work towards their Chief Gold Scout award, and they will visit the residents every month to share activities.
The Alive charity is also helping residents from Beech House care home in Thornbury to enjoy festive activities with local school children from Manorbrook primary school.
The Access All Ages scheme links a primary school with a local care home. The children come for regular visits at the care home where they take part in hands-on creative activities with older people whilst making new friendships.
Over the festive period the children and residents will work together to make Christmas decorations and paint seasonal pictures which will line the walls of the care home. They will also use iPads to explore each other’s memories of Christmas and to make festive digital collages.
After experiencing her first Access All Ages session, a care home resident called Violet said, “This is better than a Christmas day. This is the happiest I’ve been in ages”.