Edenmore Nursing Home, based in Ilfracombe North Devon, invites students into their home as part of their Intergenerational Linking Programme which aims to bring together different generations within the community. Students from Ilfracombe Junior School had the unique opportunity to visit Edenmore, fostering meaningful connections between the young and elderly as part of the homes commitment to community engagement.
During the visit, students engaged in various activities with the Residents, who are fondly referred to as family members, including storytelling, arts and crafts, and even a sing-a-long, creating an atmosphere filled with laughter and joy. The interactions were not only enjoyable for the children but also had a positive impact on the family members.
Home Manger Gayle said, “It was so emotional to see the family members engaging with the children and one of the family members even made a little speech to the children thanking them for such an enjoyable time together.”
Edenmore’s intergenerational linking programme aligns with their commitment to the community and creating an environment that fosters meaningful connections. The collaboration between Edenmore and Ilfracombe Junior School highlights a shared commitment to bridging generational gaps and bringing a sense of unity within our community. The intergenerational linking program not only provides valuable experiences for the students but also enriches the lives of the family members by offering them companionship and shared memories.