Our Hemel Social Group continue to spread their wings and join with older members of the community.

Last month, they visited St Mary’s House Residential Home in Hemel Old Town hosting a games night for residents. St Mary’s House consists of eleven flats and staff organise regular social activities for residents that includes bingo, day trips, and guest entertainers … our young people being the entertainers for the night

The benefits to both generations are well known; communication, understanding, and having a wider perspective of the world being just some.  Mixing with different generations is proven to support the emotional wellbeing of both generations and break down barriers that are sometimes assumed, sometimes real, in society.

“Young and old people are great assets to each other and to their wider communities,” “We need to recognise the amazing potential that they have to contribute to society.”
“It’s like a second family,” says the 18-year-old, whose last surviving grandparent lives hundreds of miles away. “I used to be quite closed in, but I’ll talk to anybody now, start a conversation at a bus stop or in the street. I’m much more confident.”

Quotes taken from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/wellbeing/11812307/Mixing-young-and-old-people-can-extend-lives.html.