Generations join forces in heart-warming scheme

Generations join forces in heart-warming scheme

A firm bond between toddlers and older people has been established in Old Colwyn.

The generations are joining forces for regular sessions called ‘Wee Ones Meeting Wise Ones’ at Y Fron community centre.

The heart-warming scheme sees mums taking their babies and young children along to meet up with older people for an hour of fun, games, songs and the odd cup cake or two.

The initiative, a partnership between Conwy County Borough Council Community Wellbeing Team, National Childbirth Trust (NCT) and Cartrefi Conwy, provides the monthly get togethers which are proving to be a massive hit.

It was inspired by a similar project run by the NCT in County Tyrone in Northern Ireland.

Clara Jones, Conwy Community Wellbeing Officer said: “I was contacted by Cathy Whitfield, a volunteer from NCT wanting to know if we had any intergenerational projects for the young mothers she was in touch with.

“Working with Nerys  Veldhuizen, Older Person’s Engagement Coordinator with Cartrefi Conwy we were able to use Y Fron Community Centre and invite not only Cartrefi Conwy tenants but also residents of local nursing and residential homes, in fact any members of the local community.

“There are so many benefits for all generations coming together. Interacting with children is a real tonic that not all older people have a chance to experience.

“Meeting young mums helps also to rekindle memories and offer a chance to share stories and tips from their own parenting experience.

“Most of all though sessions like this help prevent a sense of isolation which can be experienced not only by some of the older people but also young mums.

“We have held four events so far and they are proving so successful we are looking to keep it going and start up new schemes in other areas.

“We are also in the early stages of planning ‘Wee Ones and Wise Ones Go For a Picnic’ summer event on the beach which everyone will be welcome to attend.

Nerys Veldhuizen said: “Cartrefi Conwy provides the venue for free and we encourage those tenants that want to come along to do so.

“It’s an intergenerational scheme that is clearly helping to improve the well-being of older tenants as well as helping the early development of children.

“I’m so pleased with the way it has gone so far. We even have tenants who don’t normally attend events coming along which is fantastic. It really is lovely seeing mums, babies and toddlers having a great time with the older generation.

 

 

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