Michelle Ballantyne MSP backs Newbyres intergenerational project

Scottish Conservative MSP for South Scotland Michelle Ballantyne has welcomed the partnership between Newbyres Village Care Home and Newbyres Nursery in Gorebridge.

Mrs. Ballantyne, the party’s spokesperson for childcare and early years, praised the valuable partnership, and drew attention to the many benefits of intergenerational work for both young and old during a debate in Parliament.

The project, backed by the charity ‘Generations Working Together’, has seen children from Newbyres Nursery visit the Newbyres Village Care Home on a regular basis. The children and residents form real friendships, play games, enjoy sports and sing-alongs and learn from each other.

Commenting on the project during a debate in the Scottish Parliament, Michelle Ballantyne said:

I wholeheartedly welcome the focus of this partnership on inclusive, intergenerational practice, and the emphasis placed on developing the positive resources that young and old have to offer each other and those around them.

“This project is much more than simply having fun and meeting new friends; it is much more than a means of energising young and old for a few hours a week; I believe the bonds forged are deeper, purer, and more precious.

“For those living in Newbyres Village, interaction with the children could mean the re-emergence of a wonderful memory from their own childhood; it may give them a renewed sense of purpose, or it could represent a moment of unadulterated joy as they face up to the challenges at the end of life.

“I would like to pay tribute to the work of Generations Working Together. Their work is invaluable in breaking down barriers, tackling loneliness and vulnerability, and improving opportunities for young and old from all backgrounds. I wish everyone involved all the very best for the future.”