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Toddlers bring festive joy to elderly residents

Children from the local Cornerstone Miss Muffett Nursery visited our Abbey Court older persons’ scheme recently to spread some festive cheer amongst the elderly residents.

Abbey Court is one of our older persons’ schemes. It's based in Popley in Basingstoke and 51 elderly residents live there. 

The residents enjoyed Christmas carols sung by the children before Father Christmas visited and gave all the children a little present.

This is the third visit by the Popley-based nursery, which started the ‘intergenerational care sessions’ in October.

The visits allow residents to interact in games, craft activities and songs with the children - bridging the gap between the older and younger generations. The time together benefits both the children and the elderly - helping with social communication, belonging in the community and a respect for the other generation.

Toni Snarey, one of our Scheme Coordinators said: “It was a lovely festive morning with the children. The carols brought plenty of Christmas spirit to Abbey Court and put a smile on everyone’s faces! Like the previous visits from the nursery, I noticed a huge difference in the wellbeing of our customers - even those who don’t normally participate in social activities ventured out from their accommodation to be involved. We’re all looking forward to further visits in the New Year.”

Diana Partridge, Deputy Manager at Cornerstone Miss Muffett Nursery said: “We’re happy that we are able to create new memories for both the children and elderly.  We look forward to visiting again soon.”

The carols brought plenty of Christmas spirit to Abbey Court and put a smile on everyone’s faces! Like the previous visits from the nursery, I noticed a huge difference in the wellbeing of our customers - even those who don’t normally participate in social activities ventured out from their accommodation to be involved.

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