Robin Walker, MP for Worcester, paid a visit to a pioneering new project to bring younger and older generations together last Friday (11th May).
Joining Generations with Imagination is a new project by local early-years drama business Debutots that involves taking children from local pre-schools and nurseries into residential care homes for interactive storytelling, imaginary play, music, and most importantly fun and communication.
Robin visited one of Worcester’s first sessions of the new project at Perry Manor residential care home with children from the Fairfield Day Nursery in Brickfields. The session was a great success for young and old alike, and more events are being planned at Perry Manor and other care homes in future. The intergenerational initiative was memorably documented on television last year in Channel 4’s Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds in which nursery-age children spent 6 weeks sharing their classroom with older people.
Kirsten Reeves of Debutots Worcestershire said:
“We were absolutely delighted to welcome Robin to the Debutots intergenerational drama session last week at Perry Manor Care Home. It means a great deal that he took the time out of his busy schedule to come and find out more about the project and show his support.
“These sessions are having a wonderfully positive impact on both the pre-school children and the residents of Worcestershire care homes and the interaction between the two generations is just a joy to see. We hope Robin enjoyed his visit as much as we did.”
Commenting after the visit, Robin said:
“This is a fantastic initiative and I was delighted to be able to take part in one of the very first events of this kind in Worcestershire. Many thanks to the staff from Debutots, Fairfield Day Nursery, and Perry Manor Care Home who all worked to make this a success.”
“The quality of the storytelling was first-rate, and both the little ones and the older people clearly gained a lot from the experience. For the children it was a really great chance to socialise and learn respect for older generations, and Perry Manor’s residents loved the energy and curiosity that the children brought to the event.”
“Bringing people together in this way is key for promoting integration and understanding between the generations as well as tackling loneliness, and we are lucky in Worcester to have so many businesses and charities working hard to foster this – the University, for example, has done some excellent work in this area by pairing health and social care students with isolated older people. I wish Debutots all the best going forward and look forward to hearing more about their work in the city.”