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Cynthia from Hartismere Place

Submitted by Care UK

Residents of a care home in Eye, Suffolk, revisited their favorite pastimes and shared their skills with local pupils.

Residents of Care UK’s Hartismere Place, on Castleton Way, had their spades and trowels close at hand to enjoy gardening with younger generations as part of a national initiative – long-lost hobbies.

The Long Lost Hobbies initiative sees residents of Care UK homes across the country sharing their favorite pastimes and trying new hobbies with younger generations after a national survey found that 77% of adults think technology is the cause of the loss of traditional skills, including flower arranging, knitting and carpentry.

Teaming up with the children of Wilby C of E Primary School, residents invited pupils to redesign a special wildlife area in the garden of the house, to encourage them to take an interest in gardening and nature. Residents chose their favorite design, by Jacob, and will implement the idea later this year through their garden club.

Carol of Hartismere Place at Eye

Marie Reeve, House Manager at Hartismere Place, said: ‘Intergenerational activities are a huge part of life here at Hartismere Place, so it was fantastic to team up with Wilby C of E Primary School to share the past. – gardening time.

“Intergenerational relationships have proven to be incredibly rewarding, as they provide opportunities for younger and older generations to learn from each other.

“These relationships can be especially beneficial for seniors, as they can give meaning to their purpose and spark conversations as residents reflect on their younger years. We would like to say a big thank you to the students and look forward to them coming to see the garden when it is finished.

Find more tips on how you and your loved ones can revisit forgotten hobbies or discover new ones here.

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