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Local children and elders are spending time together and learning in the process thanks to a partnership between a childcare agency and a Berhampore rest home.
More than 20 children from Enjoy Childcare’s holiday programme visited Kilmarnock Heights Home last week to spend most of a day there.
The children brought along their favourite books to read to the residents. They played indoor bowls, sang songs and enjoyed musical entertainment, explains Annelize Steyn, Kilmarnock Heights Home recreation officer.
“We embrace any opportunity to have children visit because of the amazing impact they have on the wellbeing of the elders who live here,” Annelize explains.
“The residents light up when children are around. Plus the residents have a lot to offer – children can learn so much from them.”
She says a highlight of the day was when the children interviewed the residents about their childhood memories.
“They had questions written down so they could get to know the residents better. The questions included how old they are, where they went to school and what their favourite childhood sweets were.”
The visit marks the beginning of an ongoing partnership between the rest home and holiday programme according to Enjoy Childcare co-owners Josh Brown and Enrino Tasullean.
“The children all live locally and the visit was an opportunity to give back and get to know elders in their community. It’s something we will be doing regularly,” says Josh.
“Some of these children don’t have grandparents who live nearby or have contact with older people, so it’s a great opportunity for the children and the residents to get together and enjoy each other’s company,” adds Enrino.
Kilmarnock Heights Home is operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, and provides rest home and respite care as well as a popular day guest programme. The home welcomes visits from local children.
For more information about Kilmarnock Heights Home, or to discuss visiting the home, located at 20 Morton Street in Berhampore, call 04 380 2034 or click here.