Nippers and Slippers: The new care home meet-ups where toddlers mix with elderly residents - and it's simply lovely; A new group, Nippers and Slippers, gives young and old the chance to interact and learn from each other.
There is something amazing happening with two very different generations of people at a care home, thanks to a clever idea from aFrimleymum.
Kirsty Bolter has set up Nippers and Slippers, an incredible way of combining the spirits of the youngest and oldest generations.
It's a baby and toddler group which runs twice a month in a care home and it is working wonders.
Youngsters interact with the elderly residents at Camberley Manor, who in turn love seeing the babies and toddlers at play.
Nippers and Slippers, where children make friends with the elderly residents at a Camberley care home
The free sessions have been running for the past few months after Mrs Bolter launched aFacebookgroup to spread the word about her plans.
She was inspired by a Channel 4 documentary earlier this year, which looked at the positive effects of mixing young children with care home residents.
Heart failure clinical nurse specialist Mrs Bolter works atFrimley Park Hospitalbut is currently on maternity leave following the birth of her son, Frank.
After meeting with staff at Camberley Manor care home, Nippers and Slippers was born.
Mother-of-two Mrs Bolter, 37, said: "It just seemed like such a good idea for the children to spend time with the residents of Camberley Manor, both generations have such fun and the children can learn a lot from older people."
Sarah Parkin, the home's manager, said: "It is such a joy to see our residents interacting with the children."
Festive fun in Surrey
Mrs Bolter continued: "I started my nursing career more than 20 years ago. My first job was in a nursing home.
"I have cared for elderly people a lot throughout my career."It's so rewarding to see how grateful elderly people are when anyone of any age takes the time to speak to them, listen, and take a genuine interest in them.
"I wanted to give something back to the local community and while on maternity leave, this seemed a great time to set up a group."
"The Channel 4 documentary was so touching, I started calling nursing homes the day after I watched it.
"Camberley Manor was the first to embrace the idea, I hope to be able to go to other nursing homes too."
Nippers and Slippers launched in September 2017 and within just 12 hours of a group being created on Facebook, more than 200 people had joined the page.
Feedback on the idea has been hugely positive, according to Mrs Bolter, with young and old reaping the benefits of the meet-ups.
The Nippers and Slippers founder added: "The residents love watching the children participate in activities we have arranged.
"Parents have said they really enjoy the sessions.
"Personally I am enjoying watching my children create new friendships with the residents and my daughter adores the sessions. She chose to come to Nippers and Slippers for the Christmas session rather than her nursery Christmas party.
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The collaboration with the Deepcut Bridge Road care home has led to a number of sessions already, including a craft hour and a special Christmas event on Friday (December 22).
Little ones and elderly residents joined together singing a variety of festive carols and other popular tunes to bring plenty of merriment to the home.
The singing was led by Vanessa from Song for Life and there was even some dancing by the Christmas tree.
Father Christmas made a surprise appearance too, thanks to The Rotary Club of Camberley, calling up the children one-by-one to hand them gifts.
To find out more and the dates when the sessions run, go to theNippers and Slippers Facebookgroup.
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Clapping and singing along together
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|Date:||Dec 24, 2017|
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