Is JOY a charity?
- JOY is a registered Charity No. 1182863
Who leads the JOY sessions?
- The sessions are led by founder Jenny Kossew or a fully trained JOY facilitator and are supported by the teachers, carers and volunteers .
When do the sessions take place?
- Sessions run over the academic year either on a weekly/fortnightly/monthly basis.
- Each session lasts approx. 45 mins.
How do the sessions run?
- The first step is to welcome everyone and to introduce the two age groups to each other and help break down any initial barriers.
- This is followed by music and songs familiar to all.
- Next are planned creative activities such as puzzles, drawing and story telling,
What is needed to run JOY sessions?
- Premises – either existing shared sites or an allocated space within the Residential Home that can accommodate tables and chairs.
- Resources – these are supplied by JOY.
Our children already sing to the elderly. What is the difference between this and JOY?
- JOY is different in that it brings the two groups together on an ongoing regular basis. This gives children and adults the opportunity to get to know each other on a one to one basis which forms friendships and connections.
Are children fearful of approaching the elderly, some of whom are in wheelchairs?
- To help the children feel as comfortable as possible we prepare them in advance of the session with relevant stories, pictures and discussion relating to the grandmas and grandpas.
How do the elderly generally respond to the children?
- There can be a range of responses. Mostly overwhelmed with JOY. Reluctant observers often become the keenest supporters.
Is there a cost involved?
- There are various methods of funding this programme. Please contact us for further details.
I don’t attend a Day Centre – can I join in?
- That’s not a problem. With enough notice an arrangement can be made.
- If you have any other questions please be in touch.
What are JOY’s goals?
- JOY aims to run sessions throughout the country and bring our programme to hard to reach communities.
- We will do this through training new facilitators and developing our programme so that it remains fresh and unique.
- To have our programme become standard practice in nursery schools and recognised as key to the development and growth of children
- To bring about a sense of purpose and empowerment, to help alleviate loneliness and enhance well-being amongst Britain’s older generation