Care home visits, part of Mayor’s heart-warming farewell

A residential care home in Wellington was filled with the sound of children’s laughter recently when pupils visited as part of campaign by Telford & Wrekin Council’s Mayor.

Councillor Raj Mehta helped bring pupils from St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School and residents at Farcroft care home together for a chance to connect and learn from one another as part of his 'Building Bridges - Bringing Communities Together' scheme.

And to mark the end of his year in office, Councillor Mehta plans to continue his work and is calling for schools and care homes to contact him and join his appeal.

His experiences with elderly and young residents struck a particular chord with him during his year in office and will become the focus of his work once his post as mayor ends on Thursday, May 23.

Councillor Mehta said: “People are living longer but older adults and young children are having less and less contact with each other. 

“These people should not be forgotten as not only are they the ones who grew up and laid the foundations for Telford, but they also keep many voluntary organisations running and are hugely beneficial in keeping communities together. 

“This is also why I’m carrying on with this aspect of my role and specifically bringing old and young together so they learn and benefit from each other’s company  

“My role in office means I get to work with communities every day and I’ve made it my mission to help celebrate and support the many great things that go on all the time and what a wonderful place we live in.” 

Councillor Mehta hopes to create mutual understanding between the residents and pupils and also improve feelings of wellbeing, help with social cohesion and also reduce loneliness and an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences with pupils. 

Pictured: Year 2 teacher Mrs Whitehouse, Councillor Raj Mehta and active chief coordinator at Farcroft Nursing Home Maria Armstrong with pupils from St Patrick’s Catholic primary school.