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Playing school ‘swapsies’ at Shawcross

Residents at Shawcross Care Home have been swapping their school day stories with pupils at St Thomas Primary School in Ashton-in-Makerfield.

The children and residents wrote postcards to each other describing school life and the differences between then and now provided lots of discussion points. Slate has been swapped for iPads and learning by rote replaced with subjects like computer coding and mindfulness.

The school swapsies project was part of a local history activity at Shawcross which also saw residents sharing their experiences of life in the local community. Residents made peg doll miners and mill workers and a former pilot constructed an aeroplane as he described his flying career.

Magic Moments Coordinator, Julie, said: “Reminiscing about fond memories is important for our wellbeing as we get older and it’s wonderful for our residents to be able to share their life experiences with young people and to learn from them as well.”

Shawcross Care Home, rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), is located in Wigan and provides residential carenursing careresidential dementia carepalliative care and respite care.

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