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19 December 2019

Young at heart

There’s Christmas cheer aplenty at Sherwood House as our ‘Young at Heart’ project goes from strength to strength.

Each week children from the neighbouring Linby-cum- Papplewick Primary School visit residents at Sherwood House for an inter-generational project that has seen friendships blossom between young and old.

Recently we welcomed a BBC film crew to one of the sessions. You can see what we’ve been getting up to on the BBC website

It’s amazing to see the close bonds that have formed between the children and residents. Ten year old Betsy has struck up a particularly close friendship with Sheila, 93.

Registered blind, Shelia gets so much out of the friendship: “It makes me feels years younger and makes me feel happy. She’s lovely. ”

For Betsy the feeling is mutual: “She’s really fun to talk to, sometimes I just can’t stop talking to her.”

The experience is wonderful for the residents who don’t often get the opportunity to spend time with younger children and they all look forward to the sessions each week.

The children get such a lot out of the visits too and teachers have really seen them grow in confidence and independence. The pupils have reported back to their teachers:

“It’s great I’ve learnt I can be chatty.”

“It’s great to know about them – the older you get the smarter you get.”

“Whether you are older or younger – we are young in mind and heart even if the residents can’t do as much now.”

The ‘Young at Heart’ project is such a fantastic collaboration between Sherwood House and the school and is set to continue with a new group of children in the New Year.