Friendships between young and old blossom in Bottesford nature sessions
Friendships between generations are blossoming at Bottesford’s The Friendly Bench, a mini, kerbside community garden specially designed to connect people to each other and with nature.
Youngsters from Bottesford Primary School have been taking part in the new project, which pairs primary school children with older residents to take part in nature-inspired activities thanks to funding from Postcode Local Trust, a grant giving charity funded entirely by players of the lottery.
The project is run by Lyndsey Young and Caroline Arthur and is aimed at encouraging and building stronger connections between children and older residents of the village through a mutual exchange of experience, knowledge and skills.
Friendly Bench chair Lyndsey Young said: “We are thrilled that all of the children and adults are really enjoying taking part in Blossoming Friendships.
“These sessions are such a positive, inclusive and fun way to bring two generations together. They are giving all participants regular opportunities to work alongside someone of a different age, facilitating the sharing of skills and stories and also encouraging an appreciation of another’s company and friendship.”
The Friendly Bench launched in Bottesford in March 2018 to help connect people with their neighbourhood and help tackle loneliness and social isolation.
It hosts regular monthly events and is a place for people to enjoy with easy accessible interactions with nature, wildlife and the outdoors to help improve people physical health, mental wellbeing, social behavior, self-esteem and life satisfaction.
Lyndsey added: “Since launching last year, we have had over 495 people from our community attend our events.
“These events have enabled neighbours to meet, some for the first time and others to reconnect with old friends and different generations to come together in a shared activity.
“Thanks to the generous support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery through Postcode Local Trust, Blossoming Friendships will help us continue our goal of bringing our community closer together.”
For more information about The Friendly Bench and how you can get involved, please visit their Facebook page Facebook.com/TheFriendlyBench