Start of a beautiful friendship as schoolchildren visit care home

Pupils from Dene House Primary School visit Jack Dormand Care Home.
Pupils from Dene House Primary School visit Jack Dormand Care Home.

Youngs school pupils have been spending time with the elderly during regular care home visits.

The Jack Dormand Care Home in Horden enjoys frequent visits from the pupils at Dene House Primary School in Peterlee.

The children are so police and helpful and we all love it when they visit

Donna Price

The youngsters go along every Friday morning to interact with the residents.

During the latest visit ten children joined the elderly people to make clippy mats with their initials on.

The care home manager, Donna Price, said the children were all very relaxed and polite around the residents, who really enjoyed the children’s company.

She said the pensioners loved chatting to the children and working with them on their clippy mats with each enjoying a snack and a refreshment whilst they worked.

Resident Sheena Harrison said: “It was so lovely to see the children and we really look forward to their visits.”

Donna said: “It’s a pleasure to see the residents and children getting along so well, the children are so polite and helpful and we all love it when they visit.”

Dene House Primary School’s acting headteacher, Debbie Turnbull, said: “The children are really enjoying the experience and getting to know the residents.

“In particular, one of our pupils has developed a special bond with Hazel, they are both creative and love art and because of this, they are really enjoying the time they spend together.

“This experience has created some wonderful, positive relationships between different generations and it is an absolute joy to see them enjoying each other’s company. We cannot wait to see what our next joint project will be.”

The home is also celebrating achieving a 9.8 average rating on the sector’s leading care home comparison website carehome.co.uk.