Bid to bridge the gen­er­a­tion gap

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - BUSINESS -

THE Gowrie Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre is try­ing to build bridges be­tween gen­er­a­tions.

The Karawara-based fam­ily cen­tre iden­ti­fied in­ter­gen­er­a­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for the young and ‘young at heart’ through a new pro­gram.

Be­gin­ning at the start of this year, the Young at Heart pro­gram runs every sec­ond month and in­volves res­i­dents from Meath Care in Como join­ing chil­dren from the Lady Gowrie Child Care Cen­tre for a range of ac­tiv­i­ties.

The ses­sions usu­ally last an hour and in that time, very spe­cial bonds are born and nur­tured.

The se­niors take part in many ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­pe­ri­ences with the chil­dren in­clud­ing games, sand­cas­tles in the sand­pit, draw­ing and paint­ing, clap­ping and singing along to songs, and play­ing mu­si­cal in­stru­ments.

Gowrie chief ex­ec­u­tive To­nia West­more said you could see the joy in the eyes of the Meath Care res­i­dents and the joy was re­cip­ro­cated.

“Young at Heart is a won­der­ful pro­gram of­fer­ing se­niors, grand­par­ents and chil­dren the op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act in an invit­ing en­vi­ron­ment that is safe and se­cure,” she said.

“The ben­e­fits for the chil­dren and our vis­i­tors is hard to put in to words and may best be de­scribed by the smiles on ev­ery­one’s faces.”

Meath Care res­i­dent Lorna Ni­chol­son with Ki­rah Moy­lan.

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