YOUNGSTERS from Tinkerbells Nursery and residents from Terryspring Court have teamed up to to share the ‘power of drama’ in a bid to break down barriers between young and old.
Donna Marston, who runs Pyjama Drama, setting up imaginative play classes for children in North Worcestershire and South Birmingham, was the brainchild behind this unlikely pairing.
She says she has already seen the benefits for children and residents alike.
“Instead of having a Pyjama Drama session in their nursery, we invite the children to Terryspring Court.
“It’s wonderful to see the residents eyes light up as the children arrive, and how happy it makes everyone – young and old – to sing, play and pretend together.
“Research has shown that playing with another person releases ‘bonding chemicals’, which produce states of love, trust and well-being in the brain.
“Why should you stop playing just because you get older?”
Recent surveys have indicated that almost 75% of older people in the UK feel lonely.
Donna added: “It’s not surprising that a regular visit from a group of pre-schoolers can really make a difference.”
Donna is hoping to join forces with many more local nurseries and elderly care providers in the area.
If you run a nursery or care home and would like to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01527 908 935.