Generations come together for slipper-themed tea party
Tuesday 13th of February 2018
Slipper Talk is a project run by Torfaen’s library service to help older people stay safe in the home, while also helping the youngest and oldest members of the community to understand each other a little better.
The youngest guests at the tea party six years old, while 94 year old Ronald Worth from Cwmbran was the oldest Torfaen resident to attend.
Guests enjoyed themed stories while they tucked into tea and cakes, followed by games specially designed to get the different age groups talking and playing together.
Morgan Parry aged 12 said: “It is important that young people spend more time with the older generations. They can be stuck in care homes or hospitals and it cheers them up to see young people and get involved together.&;
Joy Martinson of Pontnewydd said: “I live on my own and when I got the invitation to this event I was like a little kiddie. When you live on your only it gets lonely and you don’t see many people, so I very much appreciate it.&;
All of the older guests were presented with a pair of brand new slippers which have been designed to be sturdier and safer to help reduce falls in the home. The slippers were wrapped by local school children who visited libraries in December 2017 to find out more about some of the issues older people face.
The Slipper Talk project is one of 14 projects to receive new ‘Engaging Libraries’ funding from the Carnegie UK Trust and the Welcome Trust. The funding aims to help local communities explore major health and wellbeing issues in new and innovative ways.
Source: http://www.torfaen.gov.uk/en/News/2018/February/06-Generations-come-together-for-slipper-themed-tea-party.aspx (Tue Feb 6th 2018)