We are really excited to announce a new collaboration we are launching in September.
As you may be aware, there is a growing body of evidence that when the older generation mix with babies and young children, it can have a really positive effect on their mental and physical health, as well as reducing loneliness, encouraging conversation and boosting confidence.
We were therefore delighted when the newly opened care home in Witney, Millers Grange, invited us to hold some of our baby activities there from the autumn. So, in September our six-week baby massage courses and our weekly Bumps and Babes drop in will be held at the care home, to give the residents a chance to meet and mix with some of the newest members of the local population.
Our hope is that, after the massage classes, the mums and babies will stay on for a bit longer, to share a cuppa and a chat with the residents (the classes themselves will take place in a reserved room for us without residents present). For the drop-in group, we will hold this in a more public space, so the residents can come and join in the fun if they want to.
There are not many residents in the home yet (it only opened a couple of weeks ago), but by the autumn it should be filling up, and we are really looking forward to getting to know them over the coming months. Who knows, some of the babies may end up with additional sets of "grandparents", which can be lovely for all concerned, especially if they don't get to see their actual grandparents often, due to geographical distance. Do let us know what you think of our new plan!
More information on intergenerational collaboration: https://www.ageukmobility.co.uk/mobility-news/article/intergenerational-care