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Watford connect generations as pupils write to elderly

31 May 2020
Watford - Golden Times

Hornets engage with children through PL Primary Stars while also helping Golden Memories members avoid social isolation

It continues to be a difficult time for children and the elderly, with youngsters needing mental stimulation and education while seniors can become socially isolated and lonely.

The Premier League has sought to engage those at both ends of the spectrum.

As part of the #GetInTouch campaign, children have been encouraged to maintain their writing skills by penning letters to an older relative, friend or neighbour, using Connecting Generations home-learning resources.

Watford have brought the vision to life.

The Hornets are partnered with Bromet Primary School through the Premier League Primary Stars initiative.

They also run a Golden Memories reminiscence programme aimed at those with a mild to moderate dementia diagnosis.

The club have linked the two together, with the children of key workers at Bromet Primary writing letters to the Golden Memories members, who are unable to attend sessions in person at the moment due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Watford have also produced a special Golden Times newspaper featuring nostalgic content to keep their senior members entertained and remind them the club and community trust are thinking of them.

The new publication has additionally been distributed to staff and residents at care homes across south-west Hertfordshire, along with more than 500 cup cakes with a special message thanking carers for their work.

Hannah Foster, project officer for older adults at Watford's Community Sports & Education Trust, told the club's official website: "The carers for the elderly and vulnerable have worked long and tirelessly during this pandemic to provide unconditional support and care.

"This was a small way of thanking them for going above and beyond, to know they are valued just as much as the amazing staff working at the hospital on the frontline."

Watford's gift for carers follows the transformation of their Vicarage Road stadium into a sanctuary for NHS workers at Watford General Hospital.

See: How our clubs have been helping the NHS

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