Rickling CofE Primary School visits to Stansted care home Mountfitchet House make lasting friendships
Friendships across the generations have formed between elderly residents at a Stansted care home and pupils from a village school.
Key Stage 2 children at Rickling CofE Primary School have been visiting Mountfitchet House in Coltsfield for just over a year, meeting to play games or chat with pensioners – and the arrangement has proved mutually beneficial.
Ellie Kemp, deputy home manager, said: “Intergenerational relationships are proven to be enriching for both older and young alike. Residents love meeting young people, and the visits offer a chance for children and residents to learn from each other and enjoy spending time together.”
Rickling head teacher Hannah Wheatcroft said: "The children really enjoy making connections with the wider community and enjoy reading with, talking to and playing cards and board games with residents.
"It's a great experience for our pupils and we hope that the residents also enjoy visits from our children and staff too."