In Oldmeldrum, Westbank Care Home’s intergenerational fishing project got off to a great start despite the drizzly weather which didn’t dampen enthusiasm of the residents and children. Resident Iain had not fished in some time but shared memories of his past trips.
Much excitement was had when Alyssa caught the first fish and she wanted to have her photo taken with Iain. Although she was a bit squeamish holding a fish for the first time. Alyssa and Iain made an easy pairing who chatted happily together. Resident Douglas enjoyed the fishing and managed to wind in the reel several times – a real achievement for him as he has Parkinson’s and movement is tricky.
Once the rain started and the adults retreated to find shelter the children decided to keep going. Ru caught the second fish of the evening. Iain said that he was really happy that both kids had caught something so that they both felt good about themselves. The home plans more fishing trips as everyone had such a great time and good relationships are being built.
7th November 2017