Generations bond over skills group

Pupil Ellie Green with resident Ronnie Brown.

Pupil Ellie Green with resident Ronnie Brown.

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Young and old have been bonding while having a natter over knitting.

Children from South Wellfield First School, in Whitley Bay, have been visiting nearby Earsdon Grange care home to chat to residents and take part in a collaborative knitting project.

During sessions at the care home, which is operated by Countrywide Care Homes, children and residents have been knitting square bears together which are then used by the school for counting games and mathematic exercises.

Activities co-ordinator Deryn Johnson said: “Our residents look forward to our knit and natter club and love the children visiting. The children are so comfortable and thoughtful with our residents and it’s lovely to see the different generations bonding.”

“The sessions are so beneficial for both the children and residents.”

Knitting is a popular past time with many of the residents of Earsdon Grange.

As well as the Knit and Natter club the home also holds regular sessions with community group ‘Pass it on Skills’ where they have been knitting therapeutic textured hand mitts dubbed ‘twiddlemuffs’ which are then donated to North Tyneside General Hospital to help as a relaxation aid for hospital patients who have dementia.

Home manager Nicola Bell said: “We think it’s very important that our residents continue to be a part of our local community.

“Many of them have been very active in the community throughout their lives and we think it’s important that this can continue after they come to live with us.”