As a way of developing further our regular weekly sessions where Little Elms Nursery children visit the residents at Heaton House we would like to venture out into the wider community. This will generate opportunities to explore together and spend time nurturing relationships that give both age groups a purpose and develop strong bonds that help support those dealing with dementia. To spend time out in the community is not only a healthy addition to the daily experiences the two age groups already share, it will also benefit the general public in seeing how this lovely inter-generational time together is visible and can be enjoyed by all who see and experience it. While it can be overwhelming for family members to learn their loved ones have dementia it can have a very positive impact on anyone who observes a group of youngsters sharing experiences with those dealing with dementia out in the community. Giving both age groups a purpose and an experience to share can be be life changing.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Studies have shown that Inter-generational experiences can really benefit not only people dealing with dementia but also pre-school children. By exploring the wider community together both age groups can spend quality time in a purposeful environment that is natural, unhurried and enjoyable. It breaks the monotony of everyday life and can nurture relationships that develop. By immersing all participants in a relaxed sharing of opportunities, community observers can recognise an enjoyable beneficial experience being shared.
Steps to get it done:
In addition to the shared community experiences we would develop a culture of volunteer participation. This would further promote a wider community approach creating a long term possibility that becomes sustainable through support from people who share our vision. It would become an integral part of the community with visibility of the inter-generational approach becoming embedded in children's and resident's lives. It could also develop to engage other pre-schools and care homes across the area.
About the space
Within the local community there is a wide variety of public spaces that would benefit our nannies and children. These include garden centres, public gardens, museums, cafes and picnic spaces. we are also very close the beach and have an allotment we can visit together.
West Sussex County Council