What happens when you bring some of Dundee’s oldest and youngest residents together? They form a unique friendship.
Nursery-aged kids from Forthill Primary’s out of school club have been visiting residents at Orchar Nursing Home for more than a year.
Last week they showed the residents their new yoga moves which they have been learning with the help of instructor Lindsey Scott.
Senior early years practitioner Veronica Samson said: “The kids have been coming into Orchar and Red Wood nursing homes for the past 14 months.
“We have seen how much it benefits both the residents and the children.
“We often come down and sing songs or read a story and act it out for the residents.
“Once we have finished, the kids go around and have a chat to the residents and have some juice and biscuits with them.
“It really helps to teach the children that some people may not be able to chat or move as quickly as they can and you can see the residents’ faces light up when the children come in.
“Lindsey has been coming in to the out of school club regularly to teach the kids yoga as it is incredibly important to think about all aspects of a child’s wellbeing, including their mental health.
“We thought it would be a good idea to show the residents what we have been learning and they were able to join in too.”
Four-year-old Jacob Suttie said: “I like coming to the home and singing songs for the residents. I liked doing the yoga today too.”
Sandra Scott, activities co-ordinator at Orchar, said: “The residents really do love it when the kids come in.
“You notice a real buzz about the place, including the staff.
“Some of the residents are former nursery teachers and so it really brings back memories for them.
“One of the gentlemen said that Jacob speaking to him made his day, so it is lovely to see how much they enjoy it.”