Bridging the generations to offer festive gifts
Gifts collected by children from a nursery in the Porthmadog area have been shared out to older people in the area as part of Gwynedd Council’s Bridging the Generations scheme.
This comes after the Meithrinfa Hen Ysgol nursery contacted Gwynedd Council eager to see whether it would be possible to share out boxes of gifts the children had prepared for the area’s older people who live alone.
Teleri Rowlands, who coordinates the Bridging the Generations scheme worked with the Council’s Community Care team so that Gwynedd’s care staff were able to share the boxes with residents before Christmas.
Councillor Gareth Roberts, Gwynedd Council Cabinet member for Care said: “This is such a heart-warming story – thanks to everyone who has played a part in the work, I’m certain that the presents have been appreciated tremendously.
“With an increasing number of households where older people live alone, schemes like this that has been supported by the Council’s Bridging the Generations project try to tackle loneliness amongst older people. Projects like this are a fantastic way of realising our vision of bringing the generations together and seeing the positive benefits that delivers.”
Donna Ojemeyi, manager of the Hen Ysgol nursery noted: “I feel passionately that it is important that children are able to communicate naturally with older people and we try to provide opportunities for that at the nursery.
“As someone who has worked in the care sector myself, I think it’s important that we respect and show our appreciation our older people and we were so happy to be a part of this scheme.”
Teleri Rowlands from Gwynedd Council added: “We were proud to be a part of this special project and wish to thank all the children and staff at Meithrinfa’r Hen Ysgol for their generosity.
“The messages we have received through the Council’s Community Care team confirm that older people in the Porthmadog area are so grateful to receive the gifts, and shows the big difference that a little good will of children can make.
“Through schemes like this one, we hope to bring real benefits to both generations, as well as tearing down stereotypes and in this particular instance has been a great way to raise awareness amongst the young people about the needs of older people in their community.”
Since the Bridging the Generations scheme was established, the team has worked with a number of schools, colleges and organisations across Gwynedd to run pilot projects that bring the two generations together. This has included a scheme between Ysgol y Garnedd and the Cae Garnedd extra care housing development in the Bangor area; a project with Ysgol Nefyn and the Plas Hafan care home along with a project between sheltered housing in Barmouth and Ysgol y Traeth. Gwynedd Council is working with Bangor University as part of a scheme to evaluate the Bridging the Generations field.
Teleri Rowlands, Gwynedd Council Bridging the Generations Coordinator; Donna Ojemeyi, Meithrinfa Hen Ysgol manager; Gill Owen from the Council’s Community Care team; Aimee Addison from the nursery and some of the children who were part of the scheme