Celebrating friendships between generations

Care home residents and pupils will be attending an event at Leeds Civic Hall on Tuesday (21 March 2023)  to share and celebrate friendships that have been nurtured between primary schools and care homes across the city.

Among those attending will be pupils from Greenmount Primary School and Pennington Court in Beeston.

The event will be organised by Leeds DEC, an educational charity that has been funded by the iwill Foundation, Dunhill Medical Trust, the Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport to run a programme supporting links between schools and care homes for the last 18 months. It has been part of a national social action project that connected young people aged 5-14 from schools and youth groups across 11 areas of England during 2019- 2022.

It will share stories of how intergenerational linking between young people and care home residents is shown to improve wellbeing and mental health outcomes for both.

“Children are now starting to think about older people in a different way. They see how they can learn from them!” Teacher

“The older people encouraged us to follow our dreams and they gave us hope for the future!” Pupil

“Whenever we see interaction between younger and older people it always brings such happiness to our residents!” Care Home manager


This post is based on a press release issued by DEC Leeds

Photo: a pupil from Greenmount Primary School helps a resident of Pennington Court to make a wreath


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