Creative youngsters give flowers to help tackle loneliness in care home residents - The Solihull Observer

Creative youngsters give flowers to help tackle loneliness in care home residents

Solihull Editorial 27th Sep, 2021   0

CREATIVE primary school children handed out flowers in hand painted pots to care home residents in a bid to tackle loneliness.

Pupils at Cheswick Green Primary School were handed the pots and begonias by David Wilson Homes before the summer holidays to make the gifts.

The green-fingered pupils then made the short trip to Fountains Care Home and handed them out to residents.

Sophie Miah, a class teacher at Cheswick Green Primary School, said: “Our Year Five class have really enjoyed working in partnership with The Fountains Care Home.

“The children were so excited to paint a pot and then plant a flower inside.

“We hope these bring lots of joy to the residents! The planting donation from David Wilson Homes has fitted in perfectly with our allotment topic, where the children have learned how to care for their own plants, fruit, and vegetables.”

Loneliness has impacted many elderly people during the pandemic, especially during lockdown when visits from family members were prohibited due to social distancing.

Ahead of Remembrance Day and Christmas in 2020, the homebuilder established the relationship between Cheswick Green Primary School and the care home by encouraging pupils to write letters about their half term to residents at Fountains.

The letters were so well received, that staff worked with residents to put together response letters for the pupils, along with some gifts for the children to enjoy over Christmas.

Dominic Harman, Managing Director of David Wilson Homes Mercia, said: “The pandemic has strongly affected many people, particularly the elderly who are already at risk of loneliness, and we are thrilled to help the relationship between Cheswick Green Primary School and Fountains continue to thrive as we begin to move out of lockdown.

“It is very important to us to try our best to help combat loneliness and ensure that everyone at Fountains knows that they are being thought about.”


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