Youngsters meet with residents at Jarrow care home

Youngsters meeting residents at Palmersdene care home in Jarrow.
Youngsters meeting residents at Palmersdene care home in Jarrow.

South Tyneside youngsters have been reaching out to people at a care home as part of a bid to bridge the generation gap.

Children from the Mini Vinnies group, which is part of the St Vincent de Paul Society, visited Palmersdene Care Home in Jarrow to meet with its residents.

The children meeting residents at Palmersdene care home.

The children meeting residents at Palmersdene care home.

The St Vincent de Paul Society promotes Christian love in action.

The home is starting to build up links with local schools and groups which will see residents and youngsters interact with one another to build up understanding and friendship.

A group of children visited the home last week where they were able to spend time with the residents and ask them questions to get to know each other.

Ian Short, home administrator, said the visit was a success and said the children will continue to visit regularly.

One of the youngsters meets a resident at the care home.

One of the youngsters meets a resident at the care home.

He said: “The group of children are called the Mini Vinnie’s are working within the community and are now linked with our home.

“They are now going to come fortnightly.

“The children prepared question before coming along with gifts for our residents such as handmade bookmarks, a hamper and some hand potted plants.

“The children said how much they loved visiting and asked if they could come every week.”