Apple Trees has a new initiative for 2018; we will be performing four random acts of kindness within our community, one for each season.
Winter seems to be going on forever this year so we decided it was time for our first act……to make us feel warm inside. We put on our thinking caps and decided that Valentine’s Day was a great time to carry out our first random act of kindness. But who could we extend our love to?
It’s long been a belief of mine that the gap between children and the elderly could be bridged with great results. I have researched this online and in America it is something that has taken place for some time. This scheme has started to catch on in the UK and more and more nurseries are interacting with the elderly to combat loneliness and mild dementia. Last year there was a documentary on Channel 4; Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds, and it was very interesting to watch and learn of their findings.
With this in mind we decided to contact St Matthews Care Home in Redbourn and see if we could carry out our random act of kindness there. We spoke with Janet Crawley who is in charge of events and she thought it was a delightful idea. We decided to make each and every one of the residents a handmade Valentines card and purchased some treats to make the elderly residents feel loved and appreciated.
The children set about the mammoth task of making 71 cards, as well as the cards for their parents. Caterpillar, Snail and Ladybird rooms were a wash of coloured card, glue and glitter. The end results were fabulous and they should be really proud of their efforts.
On the morning of our visit to St Matthews the children were very excited. They couldn’t wait to get there. When we arrived we were show to the day room where lots of the residents were assembled. The children went up to the ladies and gentlemen with their offerings and chatted freely with them. There were lots of smiles and a few giggles. After giving out our treats we then sang a number of songs and the residents even joined in with a few. It was such a lovely experience for all involved and so wonderful to see the interaction between these very different ages taking place.
As we completed our first random act of kindness we felt so grateful to have been able to do something kind for the elderly in our community. It was lovely to thank them for all the hard work they have put into our society in the past and make them smile. We would also like to thank the staff and residents for making us feel so welcome and being so friendly.
If you have any suggestions for our random act of kindness for Spring do get in touch as we would love to hear your suggestions, whatever they may be.
Until next time,