Sharing helps close the generation gap

Sheffield Homes sharing lives project pupils and staff from Malin Bridge Primary School, sheltered residents, Art in the Park staff and Sheffield Homes staff

Sheffield Homes sharing lives project pupils and staff from Malin Bridge Primary School, sheltered residents, Art in the Park staff and Sheffield Homes staff

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PENSIONERS at sheltered housing complexes in Sheffield have bridged the generation gap with schoolchildren.

Sheffield Homes organised the Sharing Our Lives event, which involved residents of St George’s, Netherthorpe, Park View Lodge, Hillsborough, Elm Tree House, Ridgeway, Kinsey Road, High Green and Painted Fabrics, Norton.

Residents met children from primary schools in areas surrounding the homes.

They reminisced about childhood, school and family life, their first job, memories of the war, toys they got for Christmas and the games they used to play, while pupils listened to their stories and sang for the pensioners.

In total 46 children and 37 adults were involved.

Rhian Owen, sheltered manager at Sheffield Homes, said: “This has been a fantastic project to be involved with.

“I feel our sheltered residents have really benefited from this inter-generational work.”