During the month of April our Day Centre clients embarked on an intergenerational adventure with pupils from Newfield Primary School. In partnership with The Music Project, we hosted a weekly music session in which pupils visited our Day Centre and sang & danced with our clients. The musical repertoire included old favourites like “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain” and “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'”, which were sung with oomph & gusto and accompanied by the shaking of maracas & tambourines! The pupils’ infectious energy had a magical effect on our clients, some of whom have dementia, and by the end of each session there was a renewed sense of vitality and openness. In the very first session, the pupils gravitated towards Justin (a keen dancer) and Mary (a keen singer), and apparently talked about them with fervour on the journey home. The final session was held at Newfield Primary School in which the pupils and clients performed the songs they had been practising to the rest of the school. It was a riotous occasion with tea and cake at the end and a chance to say a fond farewell. This project not only enriched the present for some of our clients but also gave both children and adults the opportunity to discover a world beyond themselves.
Amongst many other positive outcomes; intergenerational contact can strengthen communities and improve attitudes towards ageing, so we thank The Music Project and Newfield Primary School for bringing this project to life and inviting Elders Voice to be involved. We look forward to more intergenerational adventures in the future!