Intergenerational project hailed a success
Pictured L to R standing: Sandra Stacey, Manager of Llys Gwenffrwd, Cllr Christine Jones, Miss Hodgskin and Mrs Duffy, teaching assistants at Ysgol Maes y Felin, Neil Ayling and Susie Lunt, FCC social services and Peter Davies, Head of Ysgol Maes y Felin with students of the school and residents of Llys Gwenfrwdd
A senior County Councillor recently visited Llys Gwenffrwd Residential Care Home in Holywell to see the success of a project bringing together the generations with local school children and older residents of the care home.
Cabinet Member for Social Services, Councillor Christine Jones, visited the exciting project with senior officers from Flintshire Council and teaching staff from Ysgol Maes y Felin .to find out more about what has happened.
The students from years 5 and 6 at Ysgol Maes y Felin in Holywell, have been spending an afternoon a week since September working with residents to make a collage which is on display in the hallway, as well as working on crafts with them and taking turns to read and tell stories. The project, which is an ongoing event every week, has been a great sharing of ideas and experience between the younger and older people.
Council Leader, Councillor Aaron Shotton, said:
“This is yet another example of all the wonderful social care available in Flintshire that unfortunately is no longer available in other areas of the UK. I am proud that, in Flintshire, despite the national financial restraints placed upon us, we have continued to recognise the importance of social care services and projects such as this have flourished, ensuring our local people continue to receive crucial services.”
During the visit, Councillor Jones said:
“It is fantastic to have the opportunity to see this work first hand and talk to the people involved. I can tell that this project has been highly valued by the residents and students alike. We have many examples of similar work being done, particularly around raising awareness of dementia Flintshire Social Services offer a range of creative services, training and support, for older people, their carers and the wider community.”
Peter Davies, head teacher of Ysgol Maes y Felin, said:
“As a school, we value intergenerational work between older people and our students. Projects like this are a way of enhancing peoples’ awareness and understanding and bringing the generations together in this fantastic scheme brings real joy and learning for both generations, but especially the children.”