Intergenerational Project Concludes with Visit to Independent Living Scheme
Pupils of Cedar Children’s Academy in Strood visited their friends at Watling Court Independent Living Scheme in Gravesend for a final visit before the school term ends this week.
Pupils and residents have been developing their relationships as part of an intergenerational project, which started at the beginning of the year and the project has been a huge success with much being learnt and friendships having been formed.
For several months, the residents of the independent living scheme have been boarding their minibus each Friday to join the pupils in the reception classroom at the Strood school, where they spend time chatting, playing, reading and learning more about one another. But this week, it was time for the residents to host, as the children visited them in their home.
Visiting the scheme, the children enjoyed crafting, playing games, feeding the fish and even a live Buddy Holly tribute, which saw them all dancing together and having a lot of fun.
As the visit concluded, the school commented on what an incredible experience the project had been. “We are truly blessed to have been able to make friends with Watling Court residents and not only share our learning at school, but also visit them in their home and be made to feel so welcome. We are looking forward to starting again in September and making new friends for our children who will join us in our reception classes.”
Helen Goulding, Housing Officer at Watling Court added: “Our residents have loved being a part of this project, they’ve truly made some lovely friendships and learnt so much from one another, we can’t wait for the next term to start.”