Together Old and Young Project (TOY)
Together Old and Young Intergenerational Project with Sleepy Hollow Early Childhood Centre and Lakeview Nursing Home, Crumlin
- Our first TOY meet up
We were lucky enough to be allowed to go visit with a group of residents from Lakeview nursing home today. There were seven very excited little boys and girls from one of our pre school groups going to visit. The staff had discussed with the group where we were going and how nice it was going to be to meet these new ladies and gentlemen. We even learned new songs to sing to our new friends. Our new favourite songs are She’ll be coming round the mountain and Skip to My Lou. Our new friends knew all the words too and we had a lovely sing along. We also taught them the baby shark song. Our new friends wanted to join in a game of ring a ring a rosies, but we were careful not to fall down.
- First time playing with dough
We played with playdough and made different things from it. Our new friends in Lakeview were very excited as they hadn’t played with playdough before. Some said it was like playing with pastry. Some of the group read stories to each other and others played the musical claves. Mostly we chatted and built friendships. One of our new friends, Patricia, used to run TACT wildlife. She told us all about the animals in TACT and she had a pet Fox called Aurora.
We finished our visit with a lovely treat of orange juice and donuts with sprinkles.
- Next visit
We are very excited about our next visit to Lakeview. Next time we will be bringing more toys along with us to play with. We will try to learn some more new songs to share with the residents and maybe even bring our teddies and have a teddy bears picnic. Some of our new friends are coming to visit us the week before our Christmas show so they can join in with our rehearsals and we can have a Christmas party.
All in all it was a fantastic and positive experience enjoyed by the children, the residents and staff from both settings.
- TOY programme with The Whins, Crumlin and expanding the project out with Alpha Housing
We will be bringing a larger group of pre school children to the Whins in the coming weeks and likewise will be inviting them back to our Christmas party in Nursery. In fact the Housing Association which govern the Whins are also creating links for us with some of our after schools groups so we are very excited and looking forward to furthering these in the new year.
- Certificate of Achievement
Diane has now completed the four week training programme with all of the underpinning knowledge of the project. We are very excited about the fun that lies ahead for us and the benefits this project with bring to the old and young alike.