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Serving up cakes and conversation to elderly residents

Not many children would be prepared to ditch their normal Saturday morning routine to serve tea and cakes to elderly people, but 18 youngsters in Wolverhampton did just that as part of a new initiative led by South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA) and Bromford Housing Group called Junior Wardens.

The 18 children, aged 5-11, from Perton near Wolverhampton spent the morning with the residents of Pendrell Court in Codsall, a supported living scheme for the over 55s.

While serving tea, cakes and other refreshments to the residents, the children told the residents more about the Junior Wardens scheme. They also discussed topics that affected their day-to-day lives including school and the local community, while the residents shared stories from when they were youngsters.

Becky Raven-Smith neighbourhood involvement officer at SSHA, who coordinated the initiative, added: “The Pendrell Court visit was one of the highlights of the Junior Warden scheme and the youngsters were all so surprised to learn they had so much in common with the residents!”

The scheme, which ran respectively for 12 weeks every Saturday, gave the youngsters citizenship lessons in subjects including diet and fitness, the respect agenda and the world of work.

Becky added: “The aim of the project was to equip the children with transferable skills which they can use as they get older – we hope it will set them in good stead as they move on to secondary school and then become adults.”

In addition to the coffee morning, the children visited a local Fire Station, Police Station and were given talks on nutrition, exercise and road safety.

For further information about SSHA call 01785 312000 or visit www.ssha.co.uk or to find out more about the Housing Plus Group call 0800 096 8690 or visit www.housing-plus.co.uk.

Mabel Hudson & Ashley Humphries (aged 8)