In Stornoway, our Solas day centre and local An Cotan nursery have been working together to run joint day sessions for people living with dementia and children aged 3-5 years old. So far there has been a 'Getting to know you' session; a Christmas party; a games session; an Easter tea party and a picnic. Sessions last for two hours and include sharing a snack togehter.
An Cotan kickstarted this project by fundraising £1,500 from a Mini-Toddle sponsored walk. When Marion MacInnes, Service Manager for Alzheimer Scotland, went to collect the cheque from the nursery, it became apparent that both the nursery and Alzheimer Scotland had been inspired by recent TV programmes showing the benefits of intergenerational working and both said "let's make it happen!"
Erica Gearty, Manager at An Cotan, spoke of the positive impact on the children including increased confidence, demonstrating empathy and improved communication skills. this was replicated in the evaluation and feedback of experiences from people living with dementia and their carers.