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Generations discover common bonds

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On 2 July, six children from St Peter’s Catholic Academy, Cobridge, joined the Hanley Young at Heart group for lunch and a chat to share experiences of growing up. This was not the first time the two groups had met - in March the schoolchildren had visited Young at Heart for an afternoon of singing and dancing. The event was such a great success that the children and older people asked for a second get-together.

Jackie Kelsall, a Family Support Worker for Father Hudson’s Care, was happy to make the arrangements. This time, each child sat with a small group to eat lunch together. During the meal, the children sparked conversation, asking the people on their table about their childhood memories, finding out their hobbies and what they enjoyed doing with their families.

/media/news/library/speech-bubble-4.jpgThey shared memories of the War, playing ‘knock-a-door-run’, favourite games and much more. This really helped the children see some of the similarities and common bonds, as well as the differences, in the lives of generations of children. The children shared their experiences with their class on returning to school.

After lunch, the children joined the group for music, dancing and playing instruments. Jackie said, “Everyone enjoyed themselves and the children were able to share the new dance of ‘Flossing’. We are hoping to continue to develop this intergenerational work by inviting some of the Young at Heart group to visit the school for afternoon tea and entertainment from the children.”


Father Hudson’s provides Family Support workers in primary and senior schools in the Archdiocese. To find out more about their work, visit the Family Support section of this website.

The Young at Heart project reaches out in friendship to older people who are experiencing loneliness and social isolation. Find out more about their work on the Young at Heart page.

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