FORWARD-thinkers at a residential care facility in Mundaring are bridging the age gap by bringing young and old together at a new playgroup.
Baptistcare Yallambee residential care recently launched the group for parents and young children to play together for a few hours each week to enjoy indoor and outdoor activities.
Exercise, story time and sing-a-longs are proving popular at the intergenerational playgroup.
Yallambee facility manager James Townley said the group had received a fantastic response from the Mundaring community and local businesses.
“It’s great for the residents, as it helps keep them connected with the community and we look forward to seeing how the playgroup develops and grows,” he said.
He thanked local mum Baptistcare nurse Larissa Clark for her inspiration to start the playgroup and volunteer her time.
“If you (local people) have any talents, piano playing or dancing with kids, anything like that would be an amazing help,” Ms Clark said.
“Donations will never go astray; we can always get new and better things for the kids and residents.”
Early feedback from Yallambee residents indicates older people like having children around, while the parents of young children who visit home say the playgroup provides a positive learning experience for children to socialise with older members of the community.
Community partners have lent their support with Mundaring Community Bank awarding a grant for toys and equipment and Mundaring Woolworths sponsoring the playgroup morning tea.
Mundaring Community Bank executive officer Karen Beale said there was considerable research supporting the benefits of intergenerational playgroups.
“It’s good for the young ones and engages the elderly residents as well,” she said.