Norwich School is proud to be supporting our charity partner Friend In Deed in their latest exciting project to ensure our older generations are not forgotten. Friend In Deed works in care homes and across the community to creates friendship across generations through various intergenerational schemes. Through the Aviva Community Fund, they are launching a new scheme of activities and learning designed to connect school children with care home residents.
Kelly Lindsay, Friend In Deed director, writes:
"All Ages Love Learning" will build on our existing relationships with schools, and allow us to include more school aged children in activities that will connect them with care home residents.
Using the money raised through the fund, we will produce and support the delivery of brand new schemes of intergenerational learning which will inspire and engage both generations.
A CrowdFunding campaign has been launched to raise money which will allow more of these activities to take place.
We continue to see the impact of the extreme isolation on our older friends, including those living with dementia, and know that we can do more to help. We also see the increased pressure on educational settings, and the importance of resilience in younger generations and family units.
We can do more with your help
Our project, All Ages Love Learning will bring together school aged children and our older friends through specifically created intergenerational projects covering the topics of Healthy Lifestyles, Environmental Impact and Happiness/Positivity.
The schemes will be created by educational professionals to stimulate, inspire and enthuse both generations - with outcomes shared via post, photos and video.
Connecting schools and care homes will benefit the old and young but also different age groups in between as their family members, school children/loved ones in care homes benefit
Norwich School has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with the charity, hosting regular Dementia Awareness Days, dementia training for staff, pupils and parents and holding our annual Intergenerational Sports Day. We have been committed to supporting the older generations during the Coronavirous crisis, including live dance performances from pupils in care home grounds for those not able to accept visitors, and a pen pal scheme which saw 140 Lower School pupils write letters to care home residents. Loneliness and isolation amongst the older generations is now more important than ever, as family visits and enrichment activities are not able to take place for many. This latest project will help to ensure that connections can still be made across the generations
Whist our Community Service pupils are unable to make their usual visits to care homes to engage and build friendships with residents, we are delighted to be supporting this latest initiative.
You can find out more about the project, and pledge your support by clicking below.
More information about Friend In Deed can be found here.