Since January this year, a small group of our older children have been visiting Avonlea Resthome fortnightly and in March, six of their residents visited our centre.
There was much excitement going on in the Central Kids pahi (bus) as well as the joy of going to meet some new people. Right from the first visit our tamariki demonstrated confidence in a new environment, happily performing waiata for the residents, greeting them warmly and engaging in some activities with them. Jo Doolan played the piano for the residents as they played and interacted which meant for a happy and relaxed time for everyone.
When the residents visited our centre, they enjoyed exploring our environment and taking part in a group time lead by Helen and our tamariki. Through these visits our tamariki are learning about the wider community, how to develop and maintain respectful friendships with a range of people and ages (residents and staff at the resthome), as they are empowered to share their skills, knowledge and abilities with others in a range of ways.
We will be taking a break from visiting each other for now until we know the risks that Covid-19 poses has passed, however we will know that we will start visiting again as soon as we can.