Residents at Avonpark retirement village have teamed up with a primary school to help children in reception learn to read.
The partnership with Freshford Primary School, in Freshfield, began in 2017 as part of a trial, but now the partnership has had a full year under its belt.
Head teacher Andrew Wishart said the partnership had been a huge success, with both children and residents enjoying the collaboration.
Despite the generation gap, wonderful friendships have developed and the scheme has allowed the children to gain confidence in not only their reading abilities but also their social skills.
Residents from Avonpark retirement village, which is located in Limpley Stoke near Bradford on Avon, visit the primary school every Monday afternoon to help pass on their combined 255 years of reading experience.
Village manager Sylvester Harker said the residents really enjoy giving back to the local community: “Residents are thoroughly enjoying the visits to the school on a weekly basis – they gain a real sense of purpose and great satisfaction seeing the children’s reading skills improve.”
“It’s a very simple partnership which has fantastic benefits, the children spend more time reading, in a comfortable environment, with a friendly and familiar face each week. It’s great to witness the growing bond between the children and the retirees and I’d like to see more local schemes which bring different generations together.”
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