Care for the elderly in Northumberland.
Children from Little Tinklers Nursery regularly visit Charlotte Straker House to spend an afternoon with the elderly residents. In July they entertained everyone by singing songs, playing “catch the bubble” and dancing games.
Little Tinklers was launched in Corbridge over 14 years ago by qualified primary school teacher Georgina Lester. The nursery caters for babies and children up to the age of five.
Team Leader Assistant Angie Hogg, Nursery Nurse Molly Holmes and Apprentice Leah Norris accompanied the children on their visit and told us how much the nursery children enjoyed meeting everyone at the care home. “The children love the praise they are given by the Charlotte Straker residents, and they really enjoy visiting.” she said.
Lucy, (aged 2) spent time sitting on Olive’s knee, cuddling her Peter Rabbit soft toy and chatting away happily.
Matilda (aged 4) and her sister Harriet (aged 2) jumped around excitedly catching bubbles and singing loudly to residents Margaret and Renee.
Marilyn Hunter, our Manager said, “our residents adore the children’s visits. The joy and excitement that they bring has become a highlight and you can see the positive stimulation it creates.”
Research has shown that adults who experienced close “intergenerational interaction” are less prone to depression and have better physical health, as well as being happier with their present life and more hopeful for the future.
Resident Margaret (aged 90) told us that the visit made her “feel very cheerful” and she loved “listening to the children chat”.
Milo (aged 4) rushed over to tell us that he “likes playing here” before dashing off to sing the next nursery rhyme.
Georgina Lester, owner of Little Tinklers nursery added that “bringing children and elderly people together is actually a very natural concept and definitely benefits both groups. I’m so pleased that we have this special relationship within Corbridge”.
(Thanks to Ian Wylie for the gorgeous pictures!)