Inter-generational musical fun at Haverhill care home is going down a storm
An innovative and new link-up between a group for pre-school children and residents of a care home is proving to be a 'rewarding' and 'unbelievable' partnership for all concerned.
Since June, Jo Jingles, a pre-school music and movement group in Haverhill have been taking the children and their careers or parents into Cleves Place on a Monday afternoon during term times for a musical session with the residents.
The sessions are filled with music and rhyme and for Carole Newall, the franchisee for Jo Jingles West Suffolk for the past eight years, the results have been fantastic.
Carole said: "It has proved to be the most rewarding, magical and enjoyable experience for all involved and often with happy tears from both sides.
"It is widely known that music can lift your mood, motivate, stimulate emotions and even unlock happy memories of dementia sufferers.
"We have seen all of this and more first hand during these inter-generational sessions."
Originally Carole agreed to hold six sessions at the Millfields Way care home to see how it went, following a request from a member of the staff at Cleves Place who had a grand daughter among her young group.
Ramona Mihai, the activity co-ordinator at Cleves Place said it has since gone so well that Jo Jingles has now been booked in for every Monday until December and the hope is that the arrangement can continue well into 2020.
"The response from our residents is unbelievable. We can see their faces lighting up and smiling and they remember each and every word of each nursery rhyme and they are interacting with the children," said Ramona.
"It is really unbelievable and they are waiting for every Monday."
The sessions are held in the home's coffee shop, explained Ramona, and most of the time has between ten to 15 children and their career/parent and usually between 24 to 26 residents, usually the same ones each time.
The activity is open to all the residents.
Ramona added: "The mothers of the babies are very nice because they let the residents hold the babies in their arms or sit them on their laps and the connection is unbelievable.
"It's really nice to see them together."
Carole runs a Jo Jingles parent and child class at The New Croft in Haverhill every Monday morning during term time.
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