Older residents in Banbury have been sharing their memories with local schoolchildren as part of a community project to boost wellbeing.
Sanctuary Housing has funded the project which is seeing activity bags given to elderly residents across the district.
The packs, which have been coordinated and delivered by volunteers from the Royal Voluntary Service – Banbury, provide a card for residents to write down their memories from younger years, which are then being passed to schoolchildren. The children will then read the memory and illustrate this with the support of local artist Tom Cross, before being returned to the resident.
In addition, the bags contain resistance bands with exercise cards, a water tracker bottle, colouring or puzzle book which have been supporting residents through the lockdown.
Charlie Heritage, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: "We are all aware of the impact social restrictions have had on people, particularly our older residents, and these bags help provide activities for residents and improve their health.
"The memory cards are also a wonderful way for residents to connect with school children in the local community, helping not only evoke their childhood memories but as an educational exercise."
Over 100 bags have already being handed out and residents who would like to get involved with the memory cards and have their own childhood memory illustrated can do so by contacting Steve Kilsby at the Royal Voluntary Service - Banbury on 01295 264241 and leaving a message, or emailing Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org