Access All Ages: Children bring Christmas cheer to care homes

This Christmas care home residents all over Bristol are enjoying festive activities with local school children, after being paired up through our Access All Ages activity sessions. 

Access All Ages works by linking a primary school with a local care home. The children come for regular visits at the care home where they take part in hands-on creative activities with older people whilst making new friendships.

Christmas art sessions 

The meetups happening during December have seen children and older people enjoying creative Christmas art sessions. The pairs have been working together to make Christmas decorations and paint seasonal pictures which then line the walls of the care home; lifting spirits and celebrating new friendships. They also use iPads to explore each other’s memories of Christmas and to make festive digital collages.

After experiencing her first Access All Ages session, a care home resident called Violet said, “This is better than a Christmas day. This is the happiest I’ve been in ages”.

Marta Haire, care home Activities Coordinator said, “It is so heart-warming to see how the children interact with the residents, I can’t tell you how much joy it brings our residents to see the young children. It’s also lovely for the staff to see the interaction, it makes our jobs feel so worthwhile and rewarding, to see the residents so happy”.

A school with every care home 

The long-term aim of Access All Ages is for every care home to be connected with a school. The next phase of the work will see intergenerational meetups spreading citywide and across surrounding counties - putting Bristol well and truly at the forefront of much-needed change and proving that life in care doesn’t have to be lonely – especially not at Christmas.