Kids bring generational joy to Stortford care home
The generations came together at Conewood Manor care home in Bishop's Stortford when National Childbirth Trust mums and their children visited residents at the weekend.
The event was organised by the Bishop’s Stortford and Sawbridgeworth NCT branch, which currently has around 100 members.
They were inspired by a Channel 4 documentary which showed the positive effects after pre-schoolers swapped their nursery for a nursing home.
Gillian Forrest, branch co-ordinator, said: “According to AGE UK, there are 12 million older people in the country who suffer from chronic loneliness; 200,000 have not had a conversation with friends or family for a month and an overwhelming 3.9million say that television is their main form of company. Similarly, it has been reported that around 60% of nursing home residents never receive visitors, and are living in social isolation.
“Our first session was a great success. We started off with the children and residents having musical instruments and a sing-song and then had some cake and refreshments and we did some pumpkin crafts and then ended with a few more songs.”
Two further visits have already been arranged. On November 11, to mark Remembrance Day, the parents and children will take part in poppy activities with the residents and on December 2, they will hand out gifts.
Gillian said: “We are hoping this will become a monthly event, as it has such a positive effect on both residents and children.”
The initiative is part of a wide range of events and projects organised by the NCT. It hosts buggy and sling walks and is looking forward to a “Big Push” five km buggy walk at Castle Park next summer, a spring teddy bears picnic and a baby fair in the new year as well as ante-natal classes.
The group also collects “baby bundles”, using donations to provide packs for local refuges.
Gillian said: “We use branch funds to pay for any items we are short on such as nappies/wipes/toiletries. Safestore in Harlow donated a unit so we store donations in there until we get requests for the bundles. We also use the storage unit for our nearly new sale rails.”
The next sale will be at Leventhorpe School, Cambridge Road, Sawbridgeworth. NCT members can enter from 11am with general admission, cost £1, from 11.30am to 1pm. The first 250 customers will get a goodie bag and refreshments will be available.