Our very own "Old People's Home for Year 6's" in Barnet!
On Tuesday 23 January, Volunteering Barnet organised an opportunity for Year 6 pupils at Belmont Preparatory School in Mill Hill to visit residents at Knights Court Nursing Home in Edgware, as part of the Social Action project. The school were keen for their pupils to give up their time to learn about the different ways people live and give something back to the local community.
Nineteen pupils joined twelve residents and started the session off with introductions including their names, ages and what they like doing. The children then led an activity encouraging the residents to share their New Year resolutions and make cards to capture these. After this activity, everyone was treated to delicious homemade cakes made by the children. The session finished with group games including chess and cards. As a thank you and farewell the residents were treated to a song performed by the children who received a big round of applause!
For many of the children, this was the first time they had visited a care home, though they quickly got over their nerved and were great at starting conversations with the residents and encouraging them to take part. The staff joined in with the events, helping the pupils find out more about the Knights Court Nursing Home residents by sharing information about their past. The whole time the children were in the room, there was a sense of buzz and excitement and lots of smiles and laughter by all.
At the end of the Social Action, the children were asked what they enjoyed the most.
"everyone was really nice"
"it was fun talking to everyone"
"I really liked talking to all the new people"
"it was different to hang out with older people, but it was cool"
"it was a great experience and it was nice to make others happy"
Natalie St Lewis, Manager at Knights Court Nursing Home said:
“it was fantastic to see our residents interacting and really enjoying the company of the pupils. It has long been proven that developing connections between older and younger people is a real benefit to everyone involved and this really showed. They were a fantastic group of young people and I really want to thank the staff and pupils for taking the time to visit us all at Knights Court.”
If you are a school and would like to do something similar, or have an idea for a Social Action opportunity of your own, get in touch our friendly Social Action project officer, Rupal!
020 7960 4283