Youngsters help beat loneliness by visiting St Albans care home

Reception pupils at Cunningham Hill Infant School have been going to The Orchard Care Home since Oct

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

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 Oct

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

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”.

Reception pupils at Cunningham Hill Infant School have been going to The Orchard Care Home since Oct

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


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