Games bridge generation gap in BracknellBy Laura Herbert
February 20, 2012
It was playtime for people of all ages in Birch Hill as primary school pupils enjoyed some of their favourite games with elderly residents.
Liscombe House was visited by clients of Bracknell Forest Befriending Scheme and Year Five pupils at Birch Hill Primary School on Tuesday last week.
The scheme helps bring together people from different generations to share experiences.
During the visit the children played a range of games including dominoes, Ludo, Connect Four and Jenga.
Nine-year-old pupil Courtney Little said: “I think it’s very nice going to Liscombe House to play Jenga, Ludo and loads of other games We like going there because the people are lovely. I think it is good they get young company from us and we enjoy playing games with them.”
Resident John Stevens said: “The sessions bring people together from different generations. I am enjoying spending time with a variety of age ranges and hearing a different perspective.”
Margaret Matundo added: “Playing games keeps the mind active – some games are old which we all know how to play, and some are new, so the children have been teaching us. It’s fun and it keeps me alert and feeling alive.”
The project has been developed in partnership with Bracknell Forest Voluntary Action’s (BFVA) befriending scheme, which encourages people to spend time with other residents who may be on their own and isolated from the community.
Linda Wells, housing and community services director at Bracknell Forest Homes, said: “The inter-generational activities are great for all involved as there’s an opportunity to learn from one another and socialise.
“The feedback is always positive and this is an activity which our sheltered schemes, the befriending scheme, and the children really enjoy.”
For more information about Bracknell Forest Homes’ sheltered schemes visit www.bracknellforesthomes.org.uk. For more information about Bracknell Forest’s befriending scheme call Gemma Frewin at BFVA on (01344) 304 404 or email email@example.com