Children’s art brings ‘lightness and joy’

25 September 2020

An intergenerational project at the Crows Nest Centre has linked children in childcare with older residents unable to leave home during COVID-19 restrictions.

The children produced artworks which were then distributed by Crows Nest Centre staff to clients in their homes.

Social Support Coordinator, Johanna Lawrence, said the activity helped bring “lightness and joy” during a period where many people felt lonely because they were unable to get out and about and make connections with others.

“Many of our clients are in lockdown and live alone, so their contact with the outside world is incredibly limited. To receive a bright colourful artwork from a child reminds our clients that they are not alone and the community is thinking of them.”

Local residents Val and Jack (pictured) were beneficiaries of a number of the artworks, which now hang in their ‘gallery’.

The children received lovely responses from the residents, with comments such as: “It is so beautiful. Thank you very much. I really love it.” and “Oh. I’m getting teary. Thank you for caring.”

View a selection of the residents with their artworks (click on images to enlarge).