Each month a group of children from Duncraig Early Learning Centre visit residents at Trinity Village to provide some uplifting entertainment and company. This is a fairly new initiative that seems to have great benefits for both the youngsters and the residents themselves.
The youngsters vary what they do each visit, but it usually involves some dancing to music and chatting with the residents.
"It's just lovely," 94-year old Joan White says. "They are so sweet and innocent - I have lots of grandchildren and six great grandchildren, but they are scattered all over the globe, so this interaction is really nice."
"They're real cute," 87-year old These Dickon says. "I've got fifteen grandchildren all up, but this is just lovely."
Duncraig Early Learning Centre Team Leader ,Treen Butcher, said she started the visits as part of the centre's drive to create strong relationships within the community. "Some of our children are not from Australia so they rarely see their grandparents. These visits help give them an appreciation and understanding of older people and help them see they are just an older version of themselves."
Catholic Homes' Lifestyle Facilitator Natasha Centis says: "The residents light up during these visits and are on a high for days. They love the happy energy of the youngsters - their smiles and laughter."