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3rd Jul, 2022

Home's 'In My Day' project encourages youngsters to get ahead

IN my day as a sentence opener can often be met with a groans – but not by the younger generation in Leamington.

Residents at Priors House, in Old Milverton Lane, recently dispensed pearls of wisdom to youngsters from Kings High School and Myton School.

The advice formed part of a project called ‘In My Day’ led by healthcare charity Kissing It Better, which aims to make a difference in older people’s lives by bringing generations together.

Residents have been meeting with the pupils virtually on a weekly basis for informal chats and to compare their experiences.

Life lessons included 90-year-old Muff’s advice to ‘never judge a book by its cover’ while Eunice, aged 92, encouraged them to ‘take up a hobby’.

Two pieces of advice emphasised the importance of school with Norman, aged 71, recommending to ‘never skip school’, while 90-year-old Sheila added: ‘concentrate on education’.

Meanwhile, Derek, 88, advised to ‘never give up’.

Home manager Francine Summers said: “It was lovely to hear the advice the residents shared with the pupils at Kings High School and Myton School.

“Here at Priors House, we know just how important intergenerational relationships can be. They have been proven to be enriching for all ages, and give older people a sense of purpose, so our regular ‘In my Days’ sessions have provided a fantastic opportunity for both children and residents to learn from each other.

“We are looking forward to building upon our relationship with Kings High School and Myton School, and would like to say a big thank you to Kissing It Better for helping us facilitate the exchanges – we hope to see the pupils in person as soon as we’re able.”

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