Nursery children from Gamesley Primary school in Glossop have been enjoying intergenerational trips with residents from a local residential home for the elderly.
The children were shown around 'Hazel' the Wellbeing boat and had an hours ride on the 'Still Waters' Canal boat, learning about the history of canals and what they were used for, as well as looking at the environment surrounding our canals. The children were taken by mini bus to Portland basin, where they met the older residents and had time to chat and look around the museum together. The project was ran in partnership with ‘Be well’, a community outreach organisation based in Glossop.
"The children loved the canal boat ride and some of them chatted non-stop to their new older friends. I said we wish we could take the residents on all our Nursery trips! I am grateful for this opportunity and wish to thank Victoria (from Be Well) for organising it and The Canal and River Trust for funding it." – Mrs Wood-Doyle (Gamesley Early Excellence Centre Teacher)
Community Roots (North) is an exciting three-year conservation project supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and players of People’s Postcode Lottery. It’s based along the SSSI areas on the Huddersfield Narrow and Rochdale Canals in Greater Manchester, and aims to engage the local communities with these special environments. An additional strand of the project is based in Birmingham.
Julianne Joyce, Community Roots Project Officer is going to keep us updated on the project's progress.See more blogs from this author