Kids visit rest home res­i­dents

North Taranaki Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - KRIS BOULT

There was a change of pace for res­i­dents at the Corona­tion Lodge Rest Home last week.

The New Ply­mouth rest home’s elderly res­i­dents played host to a group of 15 two to fouryear-olds from Jump­start preschool, pro­vid­ing the chance for young and old to con­nect and form last­ing re­la­tion­ships.

Karen Gyde, a recre­ation of­fi­cer at the rest home, helped or­gan­ise the visit. Her grand­son Cruz, 5, goes to preschool.

It was the first time that Jump­start preschool had vis­ited the rest home and Gyde hoped it wouldn’t be the last.

‘‘Some kids can be quite scared of the elderly so this gives them a chance to min­gle and con­nect and form re­la­tion­ships.

‘‘I also bought all the kids lol­lipops and bal­loons to help sweeten the deal,’’ Gyde said.

Jump­start teacher Emma Kalin agreed the chance for every­one to form re­la­tion­ships was vi­tal.

‘‘This is a chance for the kids to talk to other peo­ple who aren’t their age and form re­la­tion­ships with other peo­ple,’’ she said.

For the the preschool, which usu­ally go on bus trips once a week, it was also a chance for the chil­dren to get out in the com­mu­nity and Kalin said the Cruz and Karen link was a good chance to do just that.

The chil­dren­sang songs to the res­i­dents and Cruz was busy read­ing Mag­pie Magic with Wil­fred ‘Wink’ Burgess, 92.

Burgess, who has three grown chil­dren him­self, said hav­ing the young ones visit for the day was a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

Asked if the kids were a bit too noisy he replied: ‘‘No, no , no, cer­tainly not. I love it.’’

Burgess said that the kids to­day were a bit more ac­tive and a bit more cheeky than his own were.

Cruz said he had also en­joyed his visit so far and re­ally liked read­ing the book with Burgess.

Robyn San­ders rest home Man­ager said the day had been ‘‘very suc­cess­ful’’ and it was won­der­ful to see the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween both groups.

‘‘We’d love the chance to have them back again.’’

SI­MON O’CON­NOR/STUFF

Mag­pie Magic was a hit for Wil­fred Burgess 92, Karen Gyde and Cruz Gyde who all read a book to­gether.

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