Timeless Play

Overview 

Timeless Play encompasses Playgroup NSW's Intergenerational programs and services that are a committed response to reducing the impact social isolation can have on the overall health and wellbeing of older Australians. 

What are Intergenerational Playgroups

Intergenerational Playgroups provide opportunity for multi-generational play and fun in both aged-care and community settings. It brings older Australian, families and children together in play-based activities that foster friendship, community cohesion and value the insights and experiences of all who attend. 

Intergenerational Models and Opportunities 

Playgroup NSW offers a multi-module approach to increasing accessibility and encourage establishment of Intergenerational programs across the state. Our models include.

  • Volunteer-led models in the community run by parents, carers or grandparents living in community

  • Intergenerational Playgroup Training – Playgroup NSW provides training for aged care providers, early education and care and other services to support the establishment and delivery of Intergenerational Playgroups from their service trains

  • Bespoke packages - Playgroup NSW can deliver a supported intergenerational model from your service 

What are the benefits of Intergenerational Playgroups

Research into benefits of Intergenerational playgroup programs (IPP) have demonstrated they can provide meaningful engagement for all participants, increase self-esteem and develop a sense of connection and friendships within safe and secure environments. They can increase activity engagement, social inclusion, decrease depression/anxiety and assist in cognitive/physical maintenance (Source 1).

They promote older Australian's ability to contribute to community regardless of age, and include their values, insights and experiences as decision makers. They enable older Australians to meet with other older Australians living in their community that share in their own unique values, meaning and purpose to create lasting friendships and connections. 

Want to know more? Get in touch today. 

For more information or to speak with our friendly team about Playgroup NSW and the impactful Timeless Play program, please email the team at: timelessplay@playgroupnsw.org.au

Source 1: Skropeta CM, 2014. An evaluative study of the benefits of participating in intergenerational playgroups in aged care for older people. BMC Geriatr. 2014 Oct 8;14:109. doi: 10.1186/1471-2318-14-109. PMID: 25292218; PMCID: PMC4197292.

 

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