Flourishing friendships between Glenview and Illara

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GLENVIEW Community Centre residents are building friendships with younger generations through weekly visits from Illara Discovery Childcare Centre.

Residents from the Murton Ward are visited by the children almost every week, where they engage in a range of activities.

The children sing, dance, colour, play games and puzzles with the residents.

Glenview chief executive officer Lucy O’Flaherty said it was a positive experience for the residents to engage with the children during these visits.

“We appreciate the therapeutic benefits in intergenerational interactions,” she said.

“We see time and time again the smiles from residents as the children turn up.”

The residents in the Murton Ward suffer from dementia, and Ms O’Flaherty said the memories the children’s visits brought back were important.

“For those living with dementia, we see them remember what it was like to be a parent and how to care for children,” she said.

Ms O’Flaherty said it was rewarding to see how this friendship had grown and she hoped that they could grow the opportunities with the childcare centre to other parts of Glenview.

Resident Merl Emmett said she enjoyed sitting back and watching the children play.

“It’s good for them to come here to play instead of at home, it’s something different for them,” she said.

Ms Emmett said seeing the children reminded her of her own family and brought back fond memories of when she was a parent.

Una Lalagavesi, director at Dominic Early Learning Centre, said the relationship with Glenview had been growing for more than a year now.

“For us, it’s all about working within the community, trying to make connections and encouraging children to look after our older generations,” she said.

“There are a number of different groups of children that visit Glenview each week.

“We find the children always saying they ‘want to visit the old people’.”

Ms Lalagavesi said through these experiences the children had been learning more about what and who is around them in the local community.

“It’s important for some of the children who don’t have a grandma figure because they’re not around or they’re on the mainland,” she said.

“Having the opportunity to interact with older people here at Glenview gives them the chance to embrace that kind of figure.”

The friendship that has grown between the two services will continue to thrive as they plan more opportunities for the children and residents into the future.

This includes more visits, different activities and community events.

Caption: Clockwise from back left, Discovery Early Learning Centre worker Chelsea Calvert, Glenview residents Merl Emmett and Judy Jacobson, and director at Dominic Early Learning Centre Una Lalagavesi with the children. Photo credit: Glenview Community Services.

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