When old meet young to celebrate active lives

When old meet young to celebrate active lives

Intergenerational activities go down a treat

by Jinny Christiansen

Churchdown Village Junior School pupils made the day for more than 70 visitors from the county’s care homes and communities, when they served hot soup and sandwiches and joined in with fun and games recently.

The event was held to celebrate a programme led by Active Gloucestershire to encourage higher levels of activity, particularly among older people. The charity has been training care home staff and loaning special equipment over the past year so that residents learn to play Boccia, Kurling and Indoor Bowls.

The celebration day took place at Churchdown Community Centre with 30 pupils from the school helping to cook and serve a lunch as well as join in with the games.

Activity Coordinator, Michelle Fraser, from Wentworth Court in Cheltenham, has loaned and now purchased the indoor bowls equipment and says residents use it several times a week:

“It has obvious physical benefits. The residents have to move their arms, lean forward, use their core muscles. It lifts their spirits. Even the least mobile watch eagerly for the next person to take their turn, and cheer and clap. They encourage each other and congratulate the winners. It creates a positive feeling for everyone.

“And it’s good for their cognitive skills, taking turns, counting scores.”

Find out more about our Active for Life and Active Ageing programmes here: