At Fartown, once a month, the Elderberry group meets. It’s a group for older people who do a variety of activities from watching films, sharing memories, poetry, playing games and much more! We have been pleased to be able to restart our intergenerational sessions with Fixby Junior School, and the children joined us for a games afternoon. The teacher wasn’t sure how the children would respond, but we didn’t need to worry as soon as they were in the door they were joining the members of the group and eagerly playing games together.
The Elderberry members brought some of the traditional games they used to play, such as Snakes and Ladders, ‘Pick up Sticks’, ‘Happy Family’s’ and Dominoes. We even had a really old pack of ‘Happy Family’ cards with occupations we wouldn’t recognise now.
The children brought ‘Uno’ and ‘Dobble’ to teach the Elderberrys some new games. There was fun for over an hour as new games were learnt and plenty of conversation about other children’s games. The time passed really quickly. It was a joy to see the different generations enjoying each other’s company. There is another session planned for July where we are going share favourite poems and may even write some together. I wondered what other intergenerational activities are taking place across the Circuit?
Rev Sue Taylor