Midlands care provider Macc Care has launched a new intergenerational project that will see its homes pair with local schools to foster new community connections.
Dora Rose, near Stafford, and Sutton Rose, in Sutton Coldfield, have already partnered with Stafford Grammar School and Boldmere Junior School, respectively. Dora Rose recently enjoyed a performance from Stafford Grammar School’s choir, while Sutton Rose hosted a visit from a group of alpacas.
The Macc Care group owns a collection of thirteen homes across the Midlands.
Intergenerational initiatives in social care settings have been shown to help encourage elderly people to get involved in more activities through socialising with children. Such activities have also been shown to strengthen a sense of identity, increase self-esteem, and improve overall mental health.
Sharen Guise, director of operations for Macc Care, said: “We’re so excited to have some of our homes now partnering with local primary schools in their area – the recent visits were a huge success. Intergenerational activities are beneficial and enjoyable to all involved and can help reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation. It was great to hear that both the residents and students had such a lovely time together – you can really see the benefits of intergenerational projects just by looking at the beaming faces of those involved!
“Following the success, we will continue to embark upon many other projects with the schools over the coming months and look to roll out similar partnerships with our other homes.”