INTER-GENERATIONAL work has resumed in Prudhoe.

After a Covid-enforced break, the Manors - an assisted living facility has, once again, welcomed reception children from Adderlane Academy.

Before lockdown, pupils regularly visited residents to take part in a number of activities.

During the height of the coronavirus pandemic, the school had to keep in touch with its friends by posting letters and singing outside the windows.

"We cannot put into words just how precious this type of work is and the sense of well-being it gives all involved", said headteacher Emma Potts.

Early years lead at the school, Rebecca Kidd, explained what the young people get from the experience. She said: "They are developing new friendships with those they may not usually have relationships with. It's boosting their confidence as they support the residents with activities, providing instructions and guidance when crafting.

"As a school, we are proud to have embedded intergenerational links with The Manors - it's a fantastic community offer for our children in terms of them having life-long memories of these relationships but also developing great respect for the elderly.

"The children at Adderlane are always so excited to visit our friends at The Manors - there is always a real buzz in the air!"

Students and residents worked on Marie Curie daffodils ahead of a fundraiser for the charity.

Tracy McKie, activities coordinator for The Manors, added: "Having the children visit The Manors helps the residents as it increases their social interaction, reduces loneliness, and boosts their mental health. 

"The residents tell the kids stories from the community in their youth and the kids respond with what it is like now.

"Residents like to feel they are helping the children and the children love to feel they are helping the residents."

Adderlane Academy, on Broomhill Road, West Wylam, was placed in special measures and rated 'inadequate' in 2015 by Ofsted before it was taken over by WISE Academies later that year. 

In 2019, the school turned itself around and returned a 'good' rating from the education watchdog thanks to the combined efforts of staff, pupils and the community.