Well-being success for pupils and care home residents

Residents at our Woodcroft Care Home in Cardiff have formed a great relationship with local primary school pupils, who visit the home weekly to spend time together.

Over 33 children from St John Lloyd RC Primary School have visited Woodcroft in the past eight months which has helped our residents and the children to develop motor and social skills as well as providing both well-being and learning opportunities for both generations.

In celebration of the success of the very first visits of this type between the home and the school, Woodcroft invited all of the children for a special summer picnic to round off a wonderful school year with fun, laughter and food.

Elaine Mather, Home Manager at Woodcroft, commented: “We have an amazing team at Woodcroft and I’m so proud of all our colleagues who make a difference to our residents’ lives every day. Their hard work and dedication is inspirational.”

One of the teachers who brings the children on their visits, Bethan Davies, said: “The weekly stay and play sessions have become an invaluable part of the children’s learning and wellbeing.

“Many of the children, who are aged three to five, arrive in nursery with social and communication skills below their expected age and we have seen an increase in the children’s confidence, social skills, communication and wellbeing from the visits.

“We are thankful to the staff and residents of Woodcroft for opening their doors and allowing our youngest learners the opportunity to learn and play alongside the residents, who in return offer them friendship, patience, care and one-to-one learning experiences that we can’t always provide in a busy classroom.”

Residents now look forward to September when the visits will restart and they’ll welcome a new class to Woodcroft.

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