School Children Join Barnes Lodge Care Home Residents for Intergenerational Singsong
Residents of Barnes Lodge Care Home in Tonbridge spent an uplifting morning singing nostalgic songs with the pupils of Bishop Chavasse Primary School last week.
It was certainly a touching sight to see when the residents of the Tudeley Lane care home welcomed their friends from the local school, for a heartwarming get together.
The residents and children spent some time chatting to one another, as well as singing some classic favourites as a group, including Swing Low Sweet Chariot.
A real connection has developed between the residents and the school, since 2018 teachers have been taking the reception and year 1 classes to the care home and the residents have visited the school too.
Even during the pandemic, when visits had to stop, the children kept in touch, sending letters and drawings to their older friends. So, when visits could finally resume, it was exciting for them all.
Home Manager, Nicky Pett said: “It really is a joy to be a part of such a wonderful intergenerational project and we are truly grateful to Bishop Chavasse and their continued commitment to this project. Their faces really do light up when the children arrive and the children love seeing the residents too, it’s incredibly moving to see.”
Intergenerational projects are proven to be beneficial for all involved, they have the potential to improve the well-being of older people, reduce stigma associated with aging and discrimination against older people. The projects also support youth development, helping to improve reading and listening skills.