Residents from Stoke Bardolph care home, Rivendell View, have been making new friends using their art and creativity skills through the intergenerational initiative, Crafting Connections.
Run by national charity, The Together Project, Crafting Connections matches children from across the country with an older person and aims to create joyful intergenerational experiences.
Each month, the pairs are encouraged to send each other artwork and a written letter/questionnaire to form a strong friendship.
88-year-old Rivendell View resident, Rita Hubbard, was one of the first to sign up to Crafting Connections and has since made a heart-warming connection with three-year-old Maisie. Rita especially enjoyed Maisie’s ‘Autumn Tree’ artwork, which she created with real leaves.
Rita said, ‘I love taking part in Crafting Connections, I look forward to receiving Maisie’s artwork every month and keeping in touch with people I’d never otherwise meet.’
Lisa Tungate, the Home Manager at Rivendell View, said,
‘It’s been amazing to see our residents forming friendships with the younger generations. Seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces when they open their packages from the kids shows how important it is for the generations to connect with each other, and we want to continue to support our residents to build those relationships.’
Rivendell View are also inviting all community members to their weekly coffee morning, which takes place in the home every Friday from 9:00 until 12:00.
There’s no need to book a place at the coffee morning, just come along to Rivendell View, Magenta Way, Stoke Bardolph, Nottingham, NG14 5HH. Keep up to date with events on their Facebook page.
Rivendell View is a purpose-built, luxury residential and dementia care home operated by Ideal Carehomes. All 66 bedrooms are en-suite, enabling the home to deliver person-centred care in a dignified manner.
To find out more about Rivendell View, please visit www.idealcarehomes.co.uk, call 0115 666 9660 or email firstname.lastname@example.org