Joy spreads across generations in Maclean
THERE may have been more than a few years difference between the residents of Whiddon Group Maclean and their visitors from Gulmarrad Public School, but that didn't stop conversations from flowing at their Intergenerational Day.
Seventy kids from kindergarten to Year 2 paid a visit to The Whiddon Group Maclean to sing a few songs and bring some smiles to the resident's faces.
"We get kids in all the time, but not 70," Whiddon Group Maclean's leisure officer Cheryl Ryan said.
"This is the most we've ever had in here, so it's great to see everyone having fun."
Whiddon Group manager Jenny Pratten said days like the Intergeneration Day, which was part of Seniors Week celebrations, had a big impact on the residents.
"A lot of our their families don't live close, so the chance to connect with young people is life giving," she said.
"Sometimes with all of our residents in the one place, it's easy to forget about the outside world, so to be a part of the broader community really is special."
For resident Jill Alchion, the children's performance brought back memories from her school days, when they would get up and sing along with a piano.
"It was a wonderful morning, I thoroughly enjoyed it. My word they sounded good," she said.
Gulmarrad Public School teacher Jenny Wallace said the Intergenerational Day tied in with the school's history program.
"The kids will create stories of their day and reflect about the residents and their past, so it's a very positive thing for the community, and the kids love it," she said.