Prescott House, an extra care scheme in Burgess Hill, recently invited a group of 15 three-year olds from a local nursery to join staff and residents for a craft session.

Shelley Rose, a Project Manager who is based in the office at the scheme, invited the children as a way to link in with the local community. It also helped bridge the generation gap between some of our oldest residents, whose grandchildren are generally grown up, and some of the youngest people in the local area.

The children and residents enjoyed doing some Easter based crafts making baskets and crowns along with decorating biscuits and cakes. The young guests then treated their hosts to a sing-song and soon everyone had joined in.

Everyone agreed it was a treat. ‘The children were so well behaved!’ said Margaret.

‘The singing was lovely,’ said George. ‘Can they come again?’

‘The children attend the local Montessori school,’ said Shelley. ‘They loved their tasks and their enthusiasm was infectious.

‘They were a real tonic for residents and staff alike and now we’ve made contact with the nursery we hope this is just the start of many joint events.

‘They have already invited us to their sports day in the local park. We can’t wait!’

Shelley will be keeping in touch with the nursery to make arrangements for future event and the nursery is also planning to visit another Peabody older people’s scheme, Arthur Bliss House in Lindfield on 7 June.

To read more about this event, take a look at the most recent edition of Reachout Magazine.