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Teddy Bears Picnic

Last updated: 4.11pm, Thursday 7th September 2017 by

Our Care Home staff brought their children into the home to spend time with our residents - helping improve their overall happiness and well-being.

The event was inspired by Channel 4's 'Old People's home for 4 Year Olds'. Eleven pensioners from the St Monica Trust retirement village in Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol and ten children from local Bristol pre-schools were selected for the ground-breaking two-part TV programme with filming taking place over a six-week period at the retirement community.

The old and young volunteers shared daily activities designed by experts, who were amazed to discover the transformative power that simply being around the children had for the older people. This resulted in some substantial improvements in the pensioners’ mental and physical health, while the children also showed benefits including language development and increased confidence.

Our Home Manager, Janice Evans, said: "Our staff were so inspired by the TV show, which featured a series of extraordinary and moving scenes, they wanted to do something similar for our own residents."

Twelve of our staff's children, ranging from nine months to nine-years-old, took part in joint activities with our residents - including playing table football, ball games and skittles, while there were ball pits and soft toys for the babies. After a lot of fun activities everyone shared a picnic in one of the lounges.

Janice said, "The TV show really inspired a lot of the staff who saw it as it was so moving. By bringing the old and young together showed that it had positively mutual benefit to not only the residents but the children too so we wanted to try and replicate that here at Tŷ Llandaff."

“We work tirelessly to make our care home a wonderful place to be. Anything that positively impacts the lives of our residents is a great result for us and this was very success. There was lots of laughter and fun. We saw endearing relationships forged between some of our residents and the children, which was wonderful to see. We are now looking to make this regular event.”

Take a look at our gallery to see photographs from the fantastic day!

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