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Helping bridge the generation gap

Pupils from Batley's Dawatul Islam School visit residents at the Linson Court Care Home.

Pupils from Batley's Dawatul Islam School visit residents at the Linson Court Care Home.

  • by By Margaret Heward margaret.heward@ywng.co.uk @Batley_News
 

An initiative between a Batley school and a home for the elderly is helping bridge the generation gap.

Pupils from the Dawatul Islam School visited the Linson Court Care Home in Dark Lane and were soon rubbing along well with the residents by playing games and doing a spot of painting.

One resident the pupils had the privilege of meeting was Nora Barker, 102, who was happy to share her life experiences and which left a lasting impression. Despite the generational and cultural gap, the visit brought home to the students the importance of honouring the elderly.

Activities co-ordinator Donna Kerwick said: “The residents were really happy, and the kids were amazing and well behaved, we really want them to come back again!”

The visit was arranged by 1st Ethical, a charity which promotes community projects for Muslims.

Regional manager Suhail Sufi said: “Having grown up on the same road as the care home, which has been there for over 20 years, it gave me great pleasure to do my part. Bringing together the elderly and the young of the community on visits like this enables young Muslims to better practice their faith by supporting their neighbours and communities, as well as develop vital communication skills.”

 

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