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Joining generations

Posted on September 16 2009 at 3:27:56

The latest venture for Burcot Grange has created a bond between its elderly residents and the young pupils of a nearby school.

Every week during term-time, a group of residents from the care home visits Blackwell First School to hear the children read, and the concept has proved beneficial – and enjoyable – for both young and old.

As well as helping to develop the pupils’ reading skills, the visits offer an opportunity for the two generations to learn a little about each other’s lives.

Burcot resident Mrs Cooper, a former children’s nurse, said: “This takes me back to my nursery training; I really enjoy being with the children.” 

Mrs Gutteridge remarked that the visits give her “immense satisfaction”, while Dr Lloyd was “somewhat surprised at the children’s standard of reading and their ability to concentrate, considering their young age”.

Burcot Grange’s activities organiser, Jan Williams, said the residents were very enthusiastic about their new roles: “I think it gives them a sense of importance, and it also brings back memories of their own schooldays and of when their children were young.”

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