Rattle and Roll brings kids and old folk together at Whiston care home

By Adele Forrest | 05/04/2019

Rattle and Roll brings kids and old folk together at Whiston care home

TOTS and residents come together every week at a care home for a music workshop with a difference.

Rattle in Retirement, which runs every Wednesday at Whiston Hall Care Home, sees babies and toddlers aged under five visit the residents for a fun session of singing, dancing and games.

The intergenerational music sessions are run by staff from Rattle and Roll who usually run activities exclusively for babies and toddlers at their headquarters in Sheffield.

The activities have proved to be a hit with up to 15 babies and toddlers attending sessions each week with their parents.

Whiston Hall Care Home activity co-ordinator Anna Holmes said: “Rattle and Roll contacted me a while ago because they wanted to bring it into a care home.

“I thought it would be good for the residents.

“They come and do a 40-minute session using musical instruments and singing.

“It’s a weekly session where the residents, children and their parents come together.”

Around 15 residents at the care home have been taking part in the weekly sessions.

Children begin the session by reading a storybook to the residents.
The residents are then given songbooks so they can join the children for a singing session.

The children then play parachute games while the residents join in by helping to move the parachute.

All the children receive a sticker at the end of the session for taking part.

Parents and residents can then have a tea or coffee while the children have water or juice and fruit.

“It lifts their spirits and supports their wellbeing,” said Ms Holmes.

“They all get to join in and they all love seeing the children.”

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