A twelve week pilot project was launched taking children from a local primary school once a week to spend the morning learning and participating in educational and creative workshops with a group of residents in a local care home.
The programme was devised to meet seven specific criteria laid down by the participating school for a cohort of reception class children aged four to five, and to measure improvements in social engagement, mobility and mood for a group of elderly residents living in a care home. The youngest pupil in the programme was 4, the oldest resident 104.
Several workshops were planned throughout the morning, beginning with the arrival of the children at 10:15 and ending with the children’s return to school after lunch. Activities ran for a duration of twenty minutes.
Read the full report to hear more about the participants profiles, evaluation models used, project objectives, challenges addressed and what the outcomes and results were for the pupils and residents.
Independent Arts is delighted that the successful 2018 Schoolroom in a Care Home pilot project is being extended to more care homes and schools in 2019, under the name School Ties.
9th October 2019