Aylesbury Partners with Lewin House
I’m sure many of you have been intrigued by the recent documentary series “Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds” showing the benefits of combining nursery activities with residential settings.
This is the first time that inter-generational care has been publicised this way in the UK and many watchers praised the experiment and the show for its results. The current epidemic we are facing with loneliness in old age is a real issue, and a lot of viewers liked how the show, and indeed this type of care, proposed a potential solution to this.
The experiment had a powerful effect on the volunteers. The children were seen to be more confident by the end and formed connections with new friends. And the adults were happier. A volunteer called Zena, aged 77, perfectly summed up the experience by saying this:
“The most important thing in life is to be loved, and children have such a pure and positive love. To find a child’s hand in yours is one of the most moving things that can happen to you.”
Inspired by the results Aylesbury has partnered with Lewin House. We will be making regular visits as part of our activities. Last week we had our very first visit to Lewin House. We all thoroughly enjoyed sharing our favourite songs with the residents although they were a little bemused by Baby Shark. They enjoyed sharing their favourite songs with us, including The White Cliffs of Dover. We were extremely proud of how well the children behaved and were so keen to share experiences.
We can’t wait for them to come and visit us at Aylesbury before Christmas to join in with our Christmas craft and Spanish sessions!