SEN children spread Christmas cheer Wellbeing customers

Children with special educational needs were able to spread some Christmas cheer when they sang carols and made and delivered Christmas cards for our older customers at our three Wellbeing and Social Activity Centres.

Children aged 5-11 from Benton Dene School designed, created and wrote cards for our customers at Rowan Croft Wellbeing Centre in Killingworth.

Carols and Christmas Cards

On Friday their wonderful choir sang at the centre, where we provide a place for older people to socialise and enjoy a variety of activities, before handing out their personalised cards for our audience.

The visit certainly earned the performers some new fans, and also helped to make the entire audience get in the festive spirit.

Our Customers said

Sheila Humes, 86, said: “I thought it was absolutely beautiful. The singing was fantastic and the children were so brave to get up and sing in front of all of us.

“It is so lovely that they made Christmas cards for us all too. Some people here might not get many cards, so something like this can make all the difference.”

Jenny McCormick, 89, added: “I have been singing along and have been having a great time. We always have lovely things on at the centre, but I think this has been my favourite.”

The partnership between the school and the EveryDay started after the school became involved with a Singalong Memories group run by Age UK North Tyneside’s ‘Dementia Connections’ team.

Rowan Croft is one of our three North Tyneside wellbeing centres, with customers also attending Cedar Grove, Wallsend, and the Linskill Centre in North Shields.

The visit was one of a number of activities Manager Michelle Clement and Wendy Dack at Rowan Croft Wellbeing Centre organise for our customers, many of whom continue to live well with dementia.

Team Leader Wendy Dack said: “I think it’s marvellous that the children have come along to do this – everyone has been looking forward to it!

“We do a lot of things here to keep people happy, entertained, and even fit, and these kind of things are especially important around Christmas time.”

Benton Dene teacher Rachel Rush, who organised the visit, said: “The kids have loved it. Many of the children have autism and we did worry that it would be too much for them.

“But we have been absolutely blown away by them. Their singing has been wonderful and they put so much effort into making the cards.

“By bringing them to the wellbeing centre we are giving the children a chance to meet people they wouldn’t normally get to meet.

“It is opening their eyes and showing them people are different and living in different circumstances to themselves, which can only be good for them.”

EveryDay delivers personal care and support to the community across North Tyneside, and puts any profit it makes back into Age UK North Tyneside charitable activities in North Tyneside.

https://www.bentondeneschools.org.uk/

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