It's the visits that count
01 August 2017
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Indigo Todd with St Johns Wood resident Rosalie Reid
Tamara Thorn, Taupo Times
St Johns Wood Rest Home and Village and Laughton Kindergarten are working together to create an alternative learning environment, teaching kids everyday life skills of caring, friendship and kindness.
Regular visits have been made over the past 18 months with children visiting the rest home and residents visiting the kids at kindergarten. The same group of eight children visit the Grandfriends once a fortnight, spending time with them and connecting through sharing interests, stories and music, where friendships have evolved.
Teacher Jo Platt said kids took profile books with them to the rest home as a way of connecting with the residents and started to ‘‘build relationships.’’ She said visits have grown since first visiting, and the relationships have deepened as the children and residents did activities together, to grow their friendship. ‘‘It’s heart touching,’’ she said.
Resident Rosalie Reid has a regular visitor, Indigo Todd, and they have quickly developed a strong connection. Rosalie said Indigo helped her think of other people and gave her an idea of what it is like having a granddaughter of her own. ‘‘She is like the granddaughter that I never had.’’ Rosalie said she is overjoyed when Indigo visits her as they have a very close relationship, ‘‘it reminds me of when I was young,’’ she said. Indigo said she enjoys being able to see Rosalie.
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