Residents from The Lakes Care Centre in South Cerney visited their local school and read with the children.

Residents were invited to join some pupils from Cricklade Manor School near The Lakes Care Centre, the residents were accompanied by members of the team and by Oomph who provide transport alongside their driver Jude.

When they arrived, they were greeted by Miss Bird who showed them through a grand pair of gates and into the pre-prep area of the school. The residents met a class of children who were keen to show off their reading skills… the residents learned about hedgehogs, birds and ‘Aliens in Underpants’ saving the world! Once they had spent time with the children, the residents were treated to a delicious selection of tea and biscuits outside by the playground. 

Jude from Oomph said “The school children were impressive in every way and interacted well with the residents. The weather was lovely and sunny, and it was lovely to sit outside to have our tea and cakes and to have a chat. We absolutely loved the visit and are already looking forward to inviting the children over to The Lakes”.

One of the residents had been a head teacher and another was a teaching assistant, so it brought back great memories for them as they read books together and played games.

The activities co-ordinator at The Lakes, Chloe said “It was a lovely outing to the local school in Cricklade. It was a joy to see the residents interacting with the children and they seemed to enjoy listening to the reading group. The weather was perfect for our trip and the residents and staff were made to feel very welcome at the school. We can't wait for the next trip”.

Intergenerational visits like this one are so important and both the children and the residents get so much out of it. The residents are already looking forward to seeing the children again.