Teddy treat for all ages

Rochdale Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

YOUNG and old came to­gether for a spe­cial teddy bears pic­nic.

Chil­dren from Small World Nurs­ery in Castle­ton vis­ited el­derly res­i­dents of Half Acre House Care Home.

They tucked into a pic­nic and read Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

A spokes­woman for the care said: “This is the be­gin­ning of a friend­ships where old and the young who have so much in com­mon can share a short time, en­joy­ing each other’s com­pany.

“Both or­gan­i­sa­tions agree this is a great com­mu­nity op­por­tu­nity to broaden the ex­pe­ri­ences of the young by in­ter­min­gling with el­derly peo­ple.

“The friend­ships & con­ver­sa­tions are both re­cip­ro­cal and re­ward­ing.

“The nurs­ery plans to keep in touch, by in­clud­ing mu­sic and a band on their next visit fol­lowed later by a Christ­mas con­cert.

“The morn­ing was full of hap­pi­ness and fun, leav­ing each group with fond mem­o­ries. The idea of link­ing young and old to­gether stems from a TV pro­gramme where reg­u­lar in­ter­ac­tion from a nurs­ery school with a care home en­hanced the lives of the res­i­dents, en­cour­ag­ing pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes, phys­i­cal de­vel­op­ment and bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion, whilst also help­ing the chil­dren to im­prove their com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and con­fi­dence.”

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