Giffnock care home makes music that crosses generations

Music Makers & Shakers at Eastwood Court: Cara Anderson with her grandson & Catherine Lowe with her son and residents (Photo: Alister Firth)
Music Makers & Shakers at Eastwood Court: Cara Anderson with her grandson & Catherine Lowe with her son and residents (Photo: Alister Firth)

A Giffnock care home is hitting the right note with residents by hosting parent and toddler music classes.

Eastwood Court care home has recently started hosting the popular classes which provide great interaction between the generations.

Music Makers & Shakers at Eastwood Court (Photo: Alister Firth)

Music Makers & Shakers at Eastwood Court (Photo: Alister Firth)

The weekly classes at the home have received positive feedback from both parents and residents alike.

Eastwood Court has also welcomed local nursery school children to the home for creative learning sessions including gardening, with residents taking part.

Sheila Moore, former head tacher and founder of Music Makers and Shakers, said: “I’m delighted Eastwood Court is working in partnership with us. It’s great to see the residents getting involved with classes, so that both our toddlers and the residents get the benefit of music therapy.

“The classes are held each Tuesday morning, children love the time spent with the older generation and it’s fantastic for all – the residents get to share in the learning and growth of the children every week.”

Catherine McAllistair, activities co-ordinator at Eastwood Court Care Home, said: “I’d like to say a huge thanks to Music Makers and Shakers for holding these brilliant classes.

“The residents are really enjoying the sessions; music is definitely a favourite activity in the home and spending time with the children is an added bonus.

“Inter-generational activities definitely have positive effects on people living with dementia and it’s been a great addition to weekly activities within the home.”

One of the residents at Eastwood Court, Violet McCall (94) really looks forward to the Tuesday music classes

She said: “We learn from the children, they learn from us and we all have lots of fun!”

Parents who would like to join the music class with their toddlers can find the details on Facebook at Makers And Shakers