Forming special friendships

July 12, 2017

Oliver Collis Daniel, 3, with Bernie Cummins, 98.

Resident Joyce Clarke with Harrison Baxter, 5.

Resident Esther Wickham and Pyper Zurawski, 4.

Edward Freeman, 5, and resident Margaret Matthew.

There was plenty of giggling and laughter from young and old at Ave Maria Village in Shepparton on Monday.

Children at Knight Street Multi-Age Learning visited the residential care facility and were keen to involve everyone in their activities, which included blowing bubbles and playing with blocks.

For resident Margaret Matthew, having the children visit was a great way to spend the morning.

‘‘I think it’s lovely, just to watch their little faces,’’ she said.

Knight Street Multi-Age Learning educational leader Alicia McLean said this was the second time children had visited the village.

‘‘The aim of our visits is to form relationships with the elderly and our children,’’ she said. ‘‘We’re just trying to make more connections with the community and ourselves.

‘‘It’s not a known thing for children to see the elderly out and about, they’re always in their home ... so it’s good for children to see the stages of life and gain knowledge from them.’’

Ms McLean said they were hoping to continue the visits on a weekly basis so children and residents could form even stronger relationships.

‘‘We’re also hoping that Ave Maria will come to our service on a weekly or fortnightly basis,’’ she said.

Ave Maria Village lifestyle co-ordinator Jan Christenson said it was great having children at the facility.

‘‘We love it and the residents just love it.’’

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