Bridging the generations in Nefyn this Easter

Date: 12/04/2019
Plas Hafan

Pupils from Ysgol Nefyn recently went on an Easter egg hunt to the Plas Hafan residential home as part of Gwynedd Council and Bangor University’s Bridging the Generations project

Residents and staff of Plas Hafan in Nefyn had hidden a number of Easter eggs in the building for the children to find, and had also decorated the building with colourful balloons. Paper paws had been carefully laid out on the floor which led to different rooms.

The children were assisted by the Easter bunny, who led them from room to room and therefore all the residents had the opportunity to see the children having fun trying to find the Easter eggs.

At the end of the search each pupil was awarded an Easter egg by the Easter bunny, and also had the opportunity to sing with some of the residents.

Councillor Dafydd Meurig, Gwynedd Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing, said: “It’s great to see this scheme going from strength to strength – and thank you to all those who have been part of the work, I’m sure everybody had great fun on the day.

“Schemes like this that have been supported by the Bridging the Generations project are invaluable in terms of increasing confidence and creating a unique learning environment. 

“Projects like this are a fantastic way of realising our vision of bringing the generations together and seeing the positive benefits that it delivers.”

There is a close connection between Ysgol Nefyn and Plas Hafan with weekly visits taking place.

Alan Jones, Head of Ysgol Nefyn, said: “The school and Plas Hafan are very enthusiastic about continuing to collaborate for the benefit of the residents, the pupils and also the community.

“It’s a scheme that has been going for several years now, and we are very proud of it.

“The experience is invaluable for the children, and you can see that they enjoy going there to talk to the residents. I think it’s very important for the community in Nefyn.”

Plas Hafan resident Elizabeth Rowlands added: “They come here quite often to sing and play games. I think they really enjoy coming here.”

Helen Aspden and Eirian Jones, who work at Plas Hafan, agreed: “The staff have been fantastic all week making the paws and decorations. The residents were so happy and were talking about it for days. They are always looking forward to see the children visit Plas Hafan.

“Thanks to everybody in the team who worked so hard to make this event such a success.”

The Bridging the Generations Project is funded through the Integrated Care Fund which is based on the ‘Hen Blant Bach’ programme, and runs pilot projects that bring the two generations together.