Songs warm cool spring day

North Taranaki Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - KRIS BOULT

A sing-a-long pro­gramme de­signed for older peo­ple at­tracted a group of young vis­i­tors last week.

Around 20 Age Con­cern Taranaki mem­bers usu­ally get to­gether ev­ery sec­ond and fourth Wed­nes­day of the month to sing, so­cialise and play in­stru­ments to­gether and share lunch.

How­ever, there was a change of pace last Wed­nes­day when around 20 moth­ers and chil­dren from the New Ply­mouth Play­cen­tre vis­ited the de Burgh Lodge in Mo­turoa where the Age Con­cern group meets.

‘‘This is a so­cial con­nec­tion pro­gramme that helps en­hance mem­o­ries and also helps stim­u­late the mind,’’ co­or­di­na­tor Pauline Ju­lian said.

Usu­ally only rest-home res­i­dents visit the so­cial af­ter­noon and this was the first time the younger gen­er­a­tion had stopped by.

The visit was or­gan­ised by the play­cen­tre so that the chil­dren could sing some wa­iata and also so­cialise with oth­ers as part of Ma¯ori lan­guage week.

Par­ent Fleur La Franckie en­joyed the visit and said there were many ben­e­fits to vis­it­ing oth­ers in the com­mu­nity. ‘‘Part of the early child­hood cur­ricu­lum fo­cuses on com­mu­nity and re­la­tion­ships so this was a good chance for us to ex­pand on that. The kids are at an age now where they are re­ally drawn to the mu­sic,’’ La Franckie said.

The Age Con­cern group sang the clas­sic songs Ten gui­tars and How much is that dog­gie in the win­dow? while the play­cen­tre singers brought smiles to many faces with Oma Rapiti.

While most of the chil­dren who vis­ited were around the 0-5 age group and many didn’t know the ac­tual words to the songs, they hap­pily played along on the in­stru­ments or danced around.

The play­cen­tre had vis­ited a cou­ple of rest homes be­fore and every­one en­joyed their visit to the sing along group.

‘‘Yes it’s been re­ally fun,’’ La Franckie said.

It was dif­fi­cult to tell who had the most fun, the kids or the grownups.

‘‘It’s been a fan­tas­tic day and it was good to see so many smiles on so many faces,’’ Ju­lian said.

KRIS BOULT

Mem­bers of New Ply­mouth Play­cen­tre and Age Con­cern Taranaki get to­gether to sing and so­cialise.

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