A toddler group has been set up at an extra care scheme in Wakefield – that’ll certainly keep residents on their toes.
Charity Spectrum People has launched the group at Sherwood Court, an extra care scheme managed by Yorkshire Housing, in the Kettlethorpe area.
The intergenerational exercise is giving student volunteers from Kettlethorpe High School the chance to gain some work experience. The elderly residents, meanwhile, are enjoying interacting with their young visitors over crafts, music, play, a drink and a chat.
“There are many benefits of intergenerational work for all involved,” said Tina Dransfield, Spectrum People’s facilitator. “Residents have a wealth of knowledge and experience that they can share with mums, dads and carers.
“The group helps reduce loneliness and social isolation and the toddlers get the benefit of being around more mature people and learning from this social interaction. It gives me a real buzz seeing the very young interacting with older generations and the smiles they share.’
Taking place for a couple of hours every Tuesday, local families and carers with children aged three and under have been joined by Melanie Cossins and Charlie Wells, from Think Cre8tive Group CIC, who provide interactive music as part of the morning.
“We are thrilled to have been given funding by Nova Wakefield to provide music sessions for people with dementia and their carers,” Cossins said. “Joining forces with Spectrum People means that both young and old get to interact through music and play in an intergenerational setting. It is a fantastic project and I hope that the toddler group continues to go from strength to strength. Seeing the joy on everyone’s faces makes it all worth-while.”
Main Image: Sherwood Court resident John Calvert with one of the visiting toddlers