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High Hazels children bring laughter and smiles to Sheffield care home

Residents at Sheffield’s Housteads Residential Care Home have bridged the generation gap with a special new interactive project.

Pupils from High Hazels Primary Academy in Darnall visited Housteads Residential Home Richmond home as part of Ignite Imaginations’ Adopt a Care Home scheme.

This is one of our flagship projects, as Ignite Imaginations are an arts organisation that aims to celebrate and connect communities through art and creativity and through special workshops, we ignite imaginations and support individuals to gain new skills and gain confidence.

The Adopt a Care Home scheme aims to reduce isolation and loneliness, bringing children into the care homes to meet up with residents and together to take part in a range of creative activities, including crafts, movement, and dance. On this occasion, artist Jordanna and workshop assistant Lucy teamed up to deliver a series of high quality participatory arts.

As a result, the project helps increase well-being among residents and pupils, create inter-generational friendships and inspires a dementia-friendly next generation.

“Adopt a Care Home is a lovely project for our residents and pupils from school like High Hazels Academy,” said our Dementia and Wellbeing Manager Kathryn Rawling.

“It is very easy to lose a sense of the wider community once you live in a care home but this project brings in children’s laughter and smiles and makes a big difference.

"For the children too, it helps them to keep in touch with older people and teaches them respect".

“It really has been a genuine delight to see the way in which the High Hazels children lit up the room with their enthusiasm".

“It feels important to acknowledge that the High Hazels children were lovely to have as visitors and hearing our residents praise them was another piece of magic to come from the day.”


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