Simon Marks Court care home in Leeds have been working with a local school to bring older and younger people together as part of Anchor’s Life Histories campaign.

Simon Marks court invited pupil’s from nearby Five Lanes primary school in Leeds to come and spend time with some of residents for a special reminiscence session to help them learn more about the lives of older people.

To help promote meaningful discussions between the residents and children, the pupils took part in a range of activities including playing board games, completing jigsaws, singing and dancing to current pop songs. 

Music was a common interest across the generations, and children and residents shared lyrics and tunes from their favourites song with one another.

Activities co-ordinator Margaret  Pollard said: “The residents have really enjoyed spending time with the children, discussing their experiences and finding their common interests.”

Anchor's Life Histories campaign is a nationwide schools initiative that aims to break down the barriers between the young and old. Find out more and download our free teaching guide here.

Find out more about Simon Marks care home here.

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