Children from Weaverham High School have been praised after visiting and entertaining elderly residents in the local community.
Year 7 pupils at the school organised a series of activities, including bingo and craft sessions for residents at Moreton’s Meade. Pupils also had the opportunity to show off their musical skills and kept residents topped up with brews and biscuits.
Moreton’s Meade, managed by Weaver Vale Housing Trust, provides independent living accommodation for people aged 55+.
Anna Walton, Pastoral Support Manager for Year 7 at Weaver Ham High School said:
“We believe in building really strong relationships with people in the local community. All these pupils have really good relationships with their grandparents and we thought this would be nice to meet our neighbours at Moreton’s Meade.
“The pupils have really embraced it – they have forged really good relationships with the residents. It’s great to see them relax and feel at ease with older people – I think both our pupils and the residents have got a lot out of this.”
These visits continue the strong relationship between Moreton’s Meade and the school, who prepared special festive hampers for residents at Christmas time.
One of the pupils taking part is 12-year old Ryan Buckley:
“Everyone here is really nice,” he said.
“It has been fun getting to know the people living here. It’s changed my mind-set and how I think about older people.”
Moreton’s Meade residents Nancy Massey, 89, said:
“It has been lovely having the young people here. It has been good to chat with them and we really look forward to welcoming them each week. We have enjoyed all the activities – especially the bingo and card making.”
These weekly visits will continue after the Easter break, where pupils plan to plant bedding plants and organise outdoor activities.
Michael Woodward, Independent Living Assessor at Weaver Vale Housing Trust said:
“Moreton’s Meade and Weaverham High School have developed strong links over the years. The residents have really enjoyed having the pupils here and it has been great to see everyone getting along. We look forward to welcoming the school back after the Easter break.”