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Birthday girl Doreen celebrates 90th year with a heart-warming Easter message at Galgorm Care Home

90-year-old Doreen, a resident at Galgorm Care Home

90-year-old Doreen, a resident at Galgorm Care Home

Galgorm Care Home, in partnership with Moorfields Primary School, has been awarded the esteemed 'Intergenerational Partnership of the Year' award at the recently hosted Agewell Awards ceremony, hosted by the Mid & East Antrim Agewell Partnership.

The award is a recognition of the Home’s innovative Book Buddies scheme.

Born during the pandemic, the initiative aims to uplift seniors' well-being by connecting them with children from Moorfields Primary School. In-person and via Zoom, children read stories and sing to residents, fostering intergenerational connections.

Pupils from Moorfields Primary School, Ballymena

Pupils from Moorfields Primary School, Ballymena

The project integrates care home residents into the community, while instilling compassion and volunteerism in young minds.

On her 90th birthday, Doreen, a resident at Galgorm Care Home, shares just how important the scheme is to people like her. Speaking fondly in a video interview here, she says:

“I always love to see the children from Moorfields Primary School coming into see us. Hearing them telling stories brings back memories of my own grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”

The team at Galgorm Care Home have been instrumental in facilitating the project and have thoroughly enjoyed seeing the profound impact it has on its residents. Home manager Lisa commented;

"Like with Doreen, seeing the smiles light up on our residents' faces as they engage with the children during our Book Buddies sessions is truly heart-warming. Their laughter, their shared stories- it's not just about reading books; it's about forging bonds that transcend generations and brighten spirits.

"The positive effect on our residents' well-being is undeniable, and it's a testament to the power of intergenerational connections."

The success of the scheme highlights just how transformative intergenerational initiatives can be in fostering a sense of community and combating social isolation amongst older adults. The Agewell Awards celebrate the meaningful significance of initiatives like Book Buddies, emphasising the importance of nurturing connections across generations.

"We are thrilled to receive the Agewell Award for Intergenerational Partnership of the Year," said Lisa, Manager of Galgorm Care Home. "Our partnership with Moorfields Primary School has been incredibly rewarding for everyone involved. It has brought joy, companionship, and a sense of purpose to our residents, while also helping pupils develop empathy and communication skills."

Galgorm Care Home is part of the Beaumont Care Home group.


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