Together Old and Young Project

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We are delighted to be undertaking training through Intergenerational Links to complete a TOY project.  This six week training programme will give us the skills and knowledge to run a joint play partnership with The Whins fold and Lakeview nursing home in Crumlin.  At the information session held in Stranmillis College we saw the wonderful work which has happened during the pilot programme between both early years settings, schools and elderly residential homes.  We had already reached out to our local residential homes in Crumlin but are so glad we have waited to undertake the training so we can ensure we are approaching everything correctly for everyone involved.

Our first joint sessions will be held in November starting out with taking a smaller group of children to Lakeview nursing home where we will start out with story time, songs and rhymes and some sensory play based activities.  We will also do the same but with a larger group of children at The Whins Fold.  We will then invite residents back to nursery in December for a Christmas afternoon tea and festive activities including Christmas carols at nursery which we will combine with a stay and play session for both parents and grandparents of children who attend our setting.  We know that we have so much to learn from the next generation and our type of play in Sleepy Hollow will be so familiar for them too.  Likewise children in our setting will have so much to learn from such a link.  We are currently learning some traditional songs which the managers of the residential homes have told us their residents enjoy – such as Daisy Daisy, You are my sunshine, She’ll be coming round the mountain.  We have learned through our initial training that musical memory is wonderful for the older generation and even in people with advanced dementia music can often reawaken personal memories and associations that are otherwise lost.

In the pilot studies shown by Intergenerational links it was wonderful to hear how the older people so looked forward to the visits from the younger children and likewise in the nurseries children were often counting down the days to their visits, often making paintings, clay models or crafts to bring with them on their next visits.  Likewise we are also preparing the children for their visits by talking about why we are visiting, carrying out the craft activities which we will repeat at our visits.  We have introduced a new book into our pre school groups called ‘Lovely Old Lion’ together with a new Lion toy called Lenny – this book is recommended by the Dementia Society as an introduction to children about why maybe King Lion (the grandpa in the book) is sometimes forgetful – just so the children know that although we may visit once or twice a month that perhaps our friends in the residential settings may not always remember us, and why its important that we have the same books to read every time we visit and that we remember to sing the same songs each time.  We are really looking forward to these partnerships and will ensure to share our stories on social media and through our website.

We are delighted to be undertaking training through Intergenerational Links to complete a TOY project.  This six week training programme will give us the skills and knowledge to run a joint play partnership with The Whins fold and Lakeview nursing home in Crumlin.  At the information session held in Stranmillis College we saw the wonderful work which has happened during the pilot programme between both early years settings, schools and elderly residential homes.  We had already reached out to our local residential homes in Crumlin but are so glad we have waited to undertake the training so we can ensure we are approaching everything correctly for everyone involved.

Our first joint sessions will be held in November starting out with taking a smaller group of children to Lakeview nursing home where we will start out with story time, songs and rhymes and some sensory play based activities.  We will also do the same but with a larger group of children at The Whins Fold.  We will then invite residents back to nursery in December for a Christmas afternoon tea and festive activities including Christmas carols at nursery which we will combine with a stay and play session for both parents and grandparents of children who attend our setting.  We know that we have so much to learn from the next generation and our type of play in Sleepy Hollow will be so familiar for them too.  Likewise children in our setting will have so much to learn from such a link.  We are currently learning some traditional songs which the managers of the residential homes have told us their residents enjoy – such as Daisy Daisy, You are my sunshine, She’ll be coming round the mountain.  We have learned through our initial training that musical memory is wonderful for the older generation and even in people with advanced dementia music can often reawaken personal memories and associations that are otherwise lost.

In the pilot studies shown by Intergenerational links it was wonderful to hear how the older people so looked forward to the visits from the younger children and likewise in the nurseries children were often counting down the days to their visits, often making paintings, clay models or crafts to bring with them on their next visits.  Likewise we are also preparing the children for their visits by talking about why we are visiting, carrying out the craft activities which we will repeat at our visits.  We have introduced a new book into our pre school groups called ‘Lovely Old Lion’ together with a new Lion toy called Lenny – this book is recommended by the Dementia Society as an introduction to children about why maybe King Lion (the grandpa in the book) is sometimes forgetful – just so the children know that although we may visit once or twice a month that perhaps our friends in the residential settings may not always remember us, and why its important that we have the same books to read every time we visit and that we remember to sing the same songs each time.  We are really looking forward to these partnerships and will ensure to share our stories on social media and through our website.

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