Young and old come together at Grŵp Cynefin event Thursday 3 May 2018

An innovative scheme from a North Wales housing association is helping enrich elderly people’s lives.

Young and old come together at Grŵp Cynefin event

Grŵp Cynefin held its older people’s conference at the Kinmel Manor, Abergele, which is held every two years, to promote the positive effects of children and the elderly working together.

Close to 60 of the housing group’s tenants, aged between 55 and 98, enjoyed a day of activities with six and seven-year old pupils from Ysgol Dewi Sant in Rhyl. They teamed up with the pupils in an arts and crafts task, before joining in with a Welsh folk dance taught by the children.

Dr Catrin Hedd Jones, a psychologist from Bangor University, gave a talk to the residents on her findings from studying intergenerational care. Dr Catrin’s research involved taking young children to interact with elderly people at day care centres, and her results show that it had a positive social effect on both age groups.

The day ended with the elderly guests enjoying a choir performance from Abergele-based primary school Ysgol Glan Morfa.

Mair Edwards, community initiatives manager at Grŵp Cynefin, said: “The event’s main theme was health and wellbeing with a focus on isolation, which is a big issue for the older generation.

“Along with participating in the children’s activities, our partners were on hand to give tenants information on how to ensure they are living healthily and happily.

“Our slogan is ‘more than housing’, as it’s important to us that our residents have fulfilling social lives – events like this go a long way in helping us achieve that goal.”

More information about our Extra Care Housing is available here.

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