Residents and children delight in creating new friendships

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11th July 2022

Youngsters from Hester’s Way Primary are making new friends with elderly residents living at Wentworth Court on Village Road, thanks to an intergenerational community project led by the home in partnership with Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre.

The specialist dementia nursing home on Village Road, Cheltenham has enjoyed a partnership with the primary school for more than five years, involving regular visits and arts activities at the home for the pupils.

The latest project, involving 24 Year One children aged five and six focuses on arts and dance workshops ahead of the nursing home’s WentFest music festival on Friday July 8.

Wellbeing coordinator Suzanne Meadows said, “The children and residents have been silk painting banners and flags with artist, Susie, to decorate our gardens for this year’s WentFest, which has an ABBA theme.

“We will also have singing and dancing workshops over the coming weeks, which will be joyful for our residents, lifting spirits and enabling connection with others. The children will perform the routine they are learning at the WentFest event.

“Frieda, one of our ladies, in particular loves seeing children visit Wentworth Court. For many years she worked as a childminder, and these events bring out her loving and nurturing nature.

“There are so many wonderful benefits of our partnership with Hester’s Way Primary School, bringing the pupils and our residents a lot of fun together. The children bring a buzz to the home with their energy and zest and residents enjoy being with the children, often bringing out their caring side.”

Class teacher, Danielle Rimell added: “The intergenerational project with Wentworth Court is such a lovely experience for our children and the residents. Seeing the smiles on their faces is priceless!”

Francesca Goddard, Corporate Partnership Manager at the Everyman Theatre said: “We are delighted to be able to restart our intergenerational project with Wentworth Court and Hester’s Way Primary School this year.

“It’s clear that both Wentworth residents and the children get so much out of the activities and gain a great deal from the interaction. It’s wonderful to see so much enjoyment all round.”

The WentFest idea was launched in 2019, with a Summer of Love theme culminating in a showcase event at the festival in partnership with the Everyman Theatre. The project has been postponed for the last two years due to Covid 19.

For more information about Wentworth Court, call 01242 263334

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