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Cashmere Home starts Kids Play Group

Cashmere Home starts Kids Play Group

Cashmere Home’s play group.

Cashmere Home’s new Kid’s Play Group is proving popular with local parents and their children alike.

The Enliven home in Johnsonville is now inviting other parents and children to join the group on Thursday afternoons.

Cashmere Home recreation officer Liz Rivadelo says the group started in January this year to encourage more interaction between the home’s elders and local children

“We always love having children visit and our model of care, the Eden Alternative, encourages it. The contact with kids because of the difference they make to the elders lives,” Liz explains.

“There is such a natural bond between elders and children, and both age groups get so much from the interaction. You see their eyes light up.”

The drop-in group meets every Thursday at Cashmere Home in Helston Road, Johnsonville from 1pm to 3.30pm.

“Some of the children’s grandparents aren’t around so it’s great for them to have that contact with older people and the residents love it,” Liz explains.

“It’s also great for parents. It’s a place mums and dads can come with their young children to socialise.”

Cashmere Home resident Therese Shields says she enjoys the new play group because it means there are more children visiting the home.

“The kids are lovely and the mums are great too. I love children, having had four of my own, and it’s a great group because the mums and children learn from each other,” Therese says.

“I used to go to a group like that many years ago. It was a big help being around other mums.”

Cashmere Home play group attendee Srikantha Robinson helped to organise the group and says it’s a great way for local mums and young children to meet.

“It’s about company, making friends with other mums and babies making friends as well. It’s like a support structure,” says Srikantha.

“It’s a drop in group and the time is so flexible. It can be hard to get out of the house in the morning and it means mums can drop in any time between 1pm and 3.30pm on weeks when they can make it.”

Another play group attendee, Kiri Mackintosh, says the group is a way to engage with the local community and to meet new people.

“As an early childhood teacher I love the idea of young children being involved in the community and the benefits this has for the children and the elderly residents,” Kiri explains.

“There are children of all ages here which is really nice.”

For more information about Enliven’s Cashmere Home or the Kids Play Group, located at 51 Helston Road in Johnsonville, call 04 477 7067 or click here.

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