Youngsters help beat loneliness by visiting St Albans care home

PUBLISHED: 21:00 30 December 2017

Reception pupils at Cunningham Hill Infant School have been going to The Orchard Care Home since October. Picture: Clare Barwin

Reception pupils at Cunningham Hill Infant School have been going to The Orchard Care Home since October. Picture: Clare Barwin

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St Albans youngsters are working to beat loneliness this Christmas-time by visiting residents in a local care home.

Reception pupils at Cunningham Hill Infant School have been going to The Orchard Care Home since October. Picture: Clare BarwinReception pupils at Cunningham Hill Infant School have been going to The Orchard Care Home since October. Picture: Clare Barwin

Reception pupils at Cunningham Hill Infant School have been going to The Orchard Care Home since October, performing a song for the elderly people and inviting them to join in and play instruments.

Activity coordinator at the home Mitch Puscuta said: “We live in a segregated society where the young and old generation don’t have a real opportunity to interact with each other. We are now living in an era where children do not have access to their grandparents like they used to, so I really think we should do all we can to mediate this interaction between these two age groups, as it brings meaning, new energy, joy and enthusiasm to each others’ lives.”

A resident of the care home added: “I forgot about my age when I am in the company of these children. They bring joy in our care home”.

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