The children of Oaks Nursery joined residents of Cherry Hinton Care Home, Cambridge for a picnic in the garden.

The nursery often visited residents before lockdown in March 2020 and this celebration marked the first visit back into the home. Organised by Community Development Manager, Amber Christou, the children were invited into the home with teachers from Oaks Nursery for sandwiches, juice and fresh fruit prepared by the home’s Chef.

TLC Care takes pride in its intergenerational activities and is proud to showcase the values of truth, love and compassion to all ages within communities around the homes. The Cherry Hinton team took advantage of the clear weather and invited the nursery pupils in during Care Home Open Week 2021. The children brought their favourite teddies, stories and blankets to share with the residents for the picnic. Residents of Cherry Hinton were thoroughly delighted to watch them play in the garden and enjoy the sunshine. The team set up games of giant connect 4 and snakes and ladders before a group story telling activity and closing the picnic with a sing-a-long.

Wellbeing Lead at Cherry Hinton, Seweryn noted; “It was so lovely to welcome children from the Oaks Nursey again after such a long period of time. All of the residents enjoyed watching children playing in the garden and brought so much joy and positive vibes which is exactly what they needed after such a tough year.”

Additionally, a resident-favourite activity is tending to the beautiful gardens within the home, and so the Oaks Nursery children joined the residents in painting plant pots which will be used to decorate the garden pathways. The Cherry Hinton residents were thoroughly delighted with meeting their new friends and have continued to reminisce over the fun and games they had. Since then, the nursery and home have agreed to continue their visits from September in the new academic year, with regular visits to continue fun and engaging community events which create meaningful memories.

Amanda, Headteacher of the Oaks Nursery shared with us: “We’ve been really excited to come and visit the care home again today after so long. The last time we came here was March 2020…Before the pandemic we came regularly and we are really hoping we can continue to do this, some of the children have never been to the care home so they have been really excited for it”.

Lorna Badrick, COO, commented: “It is so heart-warming to see the children from Oaks Nursery spending time with the residents of Cherry Hinton. These wonderful intergenerational activities have been long overdue since the beginning of lockdown and it is clear from the fantastic photos that the children, residents and team members thoroughly enjoyed the reunion”.