In 2018 we were approached by a residential home in Heybridge – Brewster House re singing carols at Christmas.
We did this and also took our dance troupe who performed for them.
On the back of this we invited residents for lunch. They came on two occasions. It worked well, but there was not much substance to it.
We wanted something that we could build on and make more sustainable. Something that would benefit both generations and something that would have a real impact.
After hearing about the benefits of Intergenerational work being carried at All Saints School in Maldon, I talked to the children and shared the UP project with the school council. Their first response was to think about how people in residential homes felt at Christmas. They actioned this for autumn term’s charity and spoke in assembly to encourage the whole school to provide individual presents for an elderly lady or gentleman. Ideas ranged from slippers and scarves to a new set of teeth!!!
Woodham Walter School Council request Christmas Cheer for Elderly
Our school council have been discussing Christmas and its meaning, and have decided they
would like to organise a small collection of gifts for the elderly.
You should have all received a letter home, explaining how, at this time of year we are thinking of others, who may not have family
The idea is that if your child would like to join in, they choose, buy and wrap a present (for about £5.00).and bring it in for the collection.
The label should say if it’s for lady or gentlemen and don’t forget to say who it’s from.
Please bring your gifts into school by Monday 9th December
The presents were collected and delivered to nominated ladies and gentlemen who in return wrote some tender and loving letters of thanks to the children.