The Provost was guest of honour as the community hosted a party to showcase their pride in the relationship between Killin Nursery and the Falls of Dochart Retirement Home.
The children and residents were feted in March at the ‘Generations Working Together Excellence Awards’ in Glasgow, winning an award for Valuing Generational Diversity.
The nursery and retirement home have been working together informally for 20 years. However, since 2015 weekly visits to the retirement home have been a formal part of the children’s learning and development.
The children regularly put on shows, tell stories and play board games with residents. In return, the residents pass on gardening tips, help with arts and crafts and teach the children noughts and crosses.
Provost Dodds said: “The warmth of the Killin community shines through in the relationship between the children and residents.
“It was great to share in the success of the recent reward, which reflects so well on the hard work of the nursery and retirement home.
“They say age is just a number and it’s clear the residents take as much pleasure from the visits of the children as the younger ones take from learning new skills from the more experienced members of the community.
“The weekly visits from the children impact so positively on the wellbeing of both age groups. It’s fabulous to see this relationship recognised with the award for Valuing Generational Diversity, which is so richly deserved.”
Alexandra Tigwell, Principal Early Childhood Educator at Killin Nursery said: “The children requested a party, fireworks and chocolate trophy cake if we won our award – and that’s exactly what we had.
“We’d like to thank Provost Dodds for joining us for a truly wonderful garden party that showcased our work within the community and the true meaning of generations working together.”