The young and the young-at-heart came together today for a morning of laughter, singing and gift giving.
Busy Bees Childcare Centre children visited Noosa Community Support (NCS) where they spent the morning entertaining NCS clients with Christmas carols.
For their efforts the children were gifted handmade wooden toys, including cars, planes, tractors, sewing machines and baby cradles.
“NCS clients have been very busy making the wooden toys so they were delighted to see the children’s smiles as they received their presents,” NCS Centre Based Care Supervisor Geoff Brittain said.
Today’s event follows similar get-togethers, such as last year when the children joined the NCS clients to meet cuddly animals from Old Macdonald’s Travelling Farm.
“These events are always a big hit, both with our clients and the Busy Bees children, who all enjoy each other’s company,” Mr Brittain said.
“Research shows that when young children and older adults spend time together both generations benefit – the older generations enjoy sharing their knowledge with the youngsters, who benefit from having the extra role models.
“Spending time with kids can also help to reduce depression and feelings of social isolation among the elderly. And for children who don’t have regular contact with their own grandparents, meeting other older people can help fill that void,” Mr Brittain said.
Council’s Community Facilities Manager Ash Saward said Council was pleased to help bridge the age gap with this event.
“We see immense value in these events for both the young and senior members of our community,” he said.