Care home and school team up for ‘Getting to Know You’ project

Blyth Town Council's Mayor, Councillors and Town Clerk visited The Oaks Care Home in Durban Street, Blyth to hand over a cheque for £1,460 to fund its ‘Getting to Know You’ project.

Monday, 16th December 2019, 2:53 pm
Updated Thursday, 19th December 2019, 4:50 pm
Staff, residents and councillors at The Oaks. Photo by A McCabe.
Staff, residents and councillors at The Oaks. Photo by A McCabe.

The Mighty Oaks, a Friends group which is newly formed to support projects at the home, applied for a community grant from Blyth Town Council and was awarded the full amount needed to start a new project with the Dales School.

“Getting to Know You” has developed from conversations with care staff, residents and teachers and will see a six week music and singing project being delivered at the home. Activities such as creative writing, singing and storytelling will give residents at the home and children from the school the chance to find out about each other.

Mayor, Cllr Warren Taylor, said: “It's wonderful as Mayor and town councillor to be able to support this inter-generational project at The Oaks Care Home. I know how much joy this will bring, both to the residents and the children at the Dales School."

Chairwoman of the community development and community funding sub committees, Cllr Kath Nisbet, said: "It is a great pleasure to give The Oaks project a grant for a great cause for their residents who will benefit and it has been lovely to meet everyone today."

Activities coordinator Angela Hedley said that The Mighty Oaks can’t thank the town council enough for approving the application.

“The intergenerational nature of the project is going to make a real difference to residents' lives,” she said.