Hartbeeps West Midlands – Solihull & Henley in Arden is bringing childlike joy to the residents of The Royal Star and Garter Homes Solihull on Tuesday 14th November, as part of an ongoing programme to bring together the older and younger generations in the West Midlands.
Inspired by the hit Channel 4 Documentary ‘Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds’, the Home will play host to a class of 15 children between the ages of 1 and 4 years. The Homes’ 60 disabled residents of ex-service men and women, are encouraged to engage in the session, sing along to the music, and play with the children.
A truly heart-warming event, this is the second event of its kind with the first seeing a resident living with dementia begin to interact in a way that the homes’ staff hadn’t seen for a number of years. The joy of the children and the homes’ residents was enough for Hartbeeps West Midlands – Solihull & Henley in Arden and The Royal Star and Garter Homes Solihull to making this a regular event.
All proceeds from the event will go towards Children in Need and The Children’s Air Ambulance, which is a partner of Hartbeeps UK.
Nicola Wicks, owner of Hartbeeps West Midlands – Solihull & Henley in Arden said: “Ensuring that we engage the elderly residents in society is everyone’s responsibility. Over one million older people say they are always or often feel lonely, and nearly half of older people say that either pets or television are their main form of company*. This absolutely shouldn’t be the case – human interaction should always be experienced, so I wanted to play my part in making that happen, and the nature of Hartbeeps means that we can operate classes from a range of venues.
Supporting Children in Need and The Children’s Air Ambulance with the proceeds from the event means that everyone attending is contributing to their local community and beyond. Having already delivered one event and seen the impact it had on the residents, I’m not just keen to make this a regular occurrence here, but deliver this same model across the West Midlands in a variety of venues and not just care homes.”
Founded in 2003, Hartbeeps offers fun developmental baby classes, toddler classes and pre-school classes, as well as educational sessions, pregnancy classes, stay & play with baby discos, and fabulous children’s parties. Nicola Wicks, a mother of two from Solihull, started Hartbeeps West Midlands – Solihull & Henley in Arden last year to transform everyday environments into colourful, tactile ‘wonderlands’ using clever state of the art music production, original music composition, sound effects, songs and sound plays, lighting effects, props and puppetry in her local area.