We had a great afternoon at The Angel recently when we brought together children from our nurseries (Kids adVentures) and older people from some of Salford’s care homes to get involved in a joint activity.
The kids and older people got together in the Creation Café and enjoyed a musical afternoon. They sat together in a circle singing Christmas songs and nursery rhymes. Everyone, young and old got involved with the children teaching the actions and everyone singing together.
By the end of the afternoon all were enjoying the music and movement session, friendships had been made and stories were being shared across the generations.
The results from this first session were fantastic. The care home residents went home upbeat and positive having engaged with people and enjoyed a different activity. The children went back asking about grandparents and one child who was particularly shy really came out of his shell during the session.
Speaking about the young and old project, Emma Smith, Service Director at Social adVentures (The Angel Centre) said, “this was a fantastic afternoon to be involved in and I am looking forward to doing more of these sessions. It’s been great to see two Social adVentures organisations (The Angel and Kids adVentures) to achieve fantatic results for different areas of the community.”
The Angel Centre is hoping to host more of these sessions going forward and is currently looking into how care homes and children’s nurseries can work together to put on these kinds of schemes.
Social adVentures runs The Angel Centre, a healthy living centre in Salford. Social adVentures aims to inspire local people of all ages to lead healthier and happier lives.
Kids adVentures is a group of nurseries run by Social adVentures. These are not for profit, family feel nurseries. Care is provided in small groups incorporating fun, education, movement and imagination.