The intergenerational project, which began in November 2018, has seen pupils from Heolddu Comprehensive School in Bargoed engage with tenants from nearby St Gwladys Court, a sheltered housing scheme owned by Caerphilly County Borough Council.
Weekly sessions held so far have included a reminiscing session, where the group came together to talk about childhood memories, IT skills and music. The group has also held more informal sessions, including enjoying a festive lunch together.
Cllr Lisa Phipps, Cabinet Member for Homes and Places at the council, said “The council’s Older Persons’ Housing Team is committed to providing a wide range of activities to increase social interaction and combat loneliness amongst our sheltered housing tenants. Intergenerational projects are a great way of doing this; breaking barriers between different age groups and enabling them to learn from each other. We’re grateful to Heolddu Comprehensive School for working in partnership with us and look forward to continuing the project.”
Matthew Sims, Head at Heolddu Comprehensive School, added “Students have led on this valuable work, along with their teacher Mrs Jones. Our students have gained an invaluable insight from their meetings with the tenants from St Glwadys Court, where they have sensed the wisdom and life experience, along with the wicked sense of humour from our neighbour, shared purposefully. Students have developed their compassion and have an increased sense of social responsibility. From my observation I believe the positive relationships, fun, enjoyment and learning has been reciprocated; it certainly feels that way!”
Caerphilly County Borough Council currently has homes available to rent in a number of its sheltered housing schemes. To find out more about the benefits of sheltered housing visit www.caerphilly.gov.uk/housing, contact the council’s Older Persons’ Housing Team on 01443 811431 or email firstname.lastname@example.org