Young Volunteers Bridge the Gap at Gillingham Care Home
The students, who are taking part in the National Citizen Service programme with Charlton Athletic Community Trust, decided to focus their social action projects on helping the environment and older people. With that in mind, they headed to Rogers House for a day of board games and nattering.
Whilst resident, Bill Baker, taught some of the boys a few card games, some of the ladies tackled a puzzle and played some board games. The group got to know one another, speaking about the students’ projects and learning a bit more about the care sector and Rogers House. Veteran, Bill, even shared some of his wartime stories with the students.
Jackie Miles, Home Manager of Rogers House said: “Intergenerational activities like this are exactly what being part of the community is about. We were delighted to have the volunteers come in and get to know our residents and we are keen to encourage this for youngsters of all ages, as it has such great benefits for everyone involved.
“We even have a toddler group come in every Monday, which everyone absolutely loves. At one point we had a three-month-old baby meeting one of our residents who is 100-years-old, it was incredible, we really can all learn so much from each other!”
There are plenty of benefits that come from youngsters mixing with older people, indeed for both generations. A recent report by United for all Ages, highlights how mixing with older people doesn’t just benefit the older person, it also boosts children’s skills, confidence and opportunities while tackling ageism and loneliness.