1. 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 .

2. 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.

3. 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,

4. What do you need ?

  • 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.

5. Our children already sing to the elderly at festivals. What is the difference?

  • 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.

6. Aren’t 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.

7. 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.

8. Is there a cost involved?

  • We offer an initial session at no cost to ensure that the programme is suited to your needs.
  • There are various methods of funding this programme. Please contact us for further details.

9. 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.