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11th Aug, 2022

Grandparents share hobbies with next generation at Solihull care home

Sarah Mason 9th Apr, 2022

GRANDPARENTS revisited their favourite hobbies and shared their passions with family members at a Solihull care home.

Residents at Care UK’s Blossomfield Grange, on Worcester Way, have been stepping back in time to enjoy gardening as part of a nationwide initiative – Long Lost Hobbies.

As part of the initiative, residents invited their grandchildren to enjoy an afternoon of gardening in the home’s garden.

On the day, resident Sylvia taught her great grandson, Jack, how to plant seeds and how much water plants need to survive, before repotting older plants in time for spring.

After, Jack shared his favourite hobby, by showing his great grandmother his drawing skills.

The Long Lost Hobbies initiative sees residents in Care UK homes across the country share their favourite hobbies and try new pastimes with younger generations.

Heather James, general manager at Blossomfield Grange, said: “It has been wonderful to see residents bonding with their grandchildren over their favourite childhood hobbies.

“In today’s digital age, the risk of losing much-loved pastimes increases with every new update or app – so it’s been fantastic to revisit hobbies from the past as part of Care UK’s Long Lost Hobbies initiative.

“Drawing on strong memories helps to boost confidence and provides an opportunity to re-live happy times, which can prompt conversation and fond emotions.

“Seeing residents enjoying their favourite pastime with their grandchildren has been heart-warming to see and has clearly inspired the younger generation to take up gardening.”

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