Gwelup playgroup for the young and the young at heart

Media Release

15 June 2017

Playgroup at Baptistcare David Buttfield Centre is an intergenerational playgroup bringing elderly people, parents and young children together for quality interaction through activities and playtime for a few hours each fortnight.

Baptistcare General Manager Aged Care Services Graydn Spinks said the playgroup is a good opportunity for people of all ages to enjoy meaningful interaction.

“It’s great for the residents as it helps keep them connected with the community. The smiles on their faces are wonderful,” Mr Spinks said.

One of the residents at Baptistcare David Buttfield Centre, Dorothy said, “The playgroup is beautiful, it’s so nice to have them playing here. Seeing the kids makes me happy.”

Abby, a parent who attends the playgroup with her 14 month old daughter, said the playgroup provided a positive and valuable learning environment for her daughter to socialise with older members of the community.

“My daughter loves interacting with the residents. We don’t have any older family members who our kids interact with, and we thought it would be good for them to have broader horizons by meeting different people,” she said.

Starting up the intergenerational playgroup was the idea of local mum Belinda Andrews. Mrs Andrews said going to a playgroup was a fantastic way she and her children previously spent time with her late grandfather who lived at a residential care facility.

“It was just really lovely how much the residents and kids clearly enjoyed it. A playgroup was a nice way for my kids to interact with my granddad while he was in care. I started up this playgroup for that nice social interaction. My daughter is extremely happy here. The parents and residents have a cup of tea and chat while watching the kids play,” she explained.

Mrs Andrews said she is keen for the playgroup to expand and welcome more members.

“If you’re interested in joining us, please come along and have some fun. I think everyone gets a lot out of it,” she said.

For more information about how to join the playgroup, please contact Belinda Andrews on 0421 319 499.

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