Durlston Court young join Colten Care elderly colten care kingfishers and durlston court school partner for mutual benefit - 1

New Forest partnership between young and old - each to benefit from the other

A pair of leaders in different fields in the New Forest have proved that age is no barrier to learning and making friends! 

A partnership between Durlston Court School and Colten Care's Kingfishers Care Home

Durlston Court, an independent school in New Milton, Hampshire, is partnering with nearby Kingfishers Care Home,  to give children the chance to socialise with elderly residents and learn a thing or two in the process.

Or put the other way around, Colten Care's Kingfishers is giving its elderly residents a chance for some welcome young company - to enliven and energise them and keep them in touch with what's going on in the world of youth today!

colten care kingfishers and durlston court school partner for mutual benefit - 2Weekly visits to the home see reception-year pupils meet and share learning experiences with residents, finding out about their lives, enjoying companionship and discussing topics of interest.

The initiative caps a hugely successful few months for both the school and home after they each gained the highest possible ratings from their respective inspecting bodies.

Durlston Court School - excellent 

Durlston Court School was rated ‘excellent’ in all areas by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.  Which is not surprising to us - it's set in such a beautiful setting, the staff are s so positive and friendly, and the children so well mannered and interested!

Kingfishers Care Home - outstanding 

Whilst Kingfishers Care Home, run by family-owned Colten Care,  had gained an ‘outstanding’ rating from care sector regulator the CQC - along with other Colten Care homes in the New Forest including Linden House in Lymington .

To kick off the series of visits, Kingfishers residents first welcomed pupils for a super hero-themed afternoon of fun.

Kingfishers Home Manager Beata Brzozowska said: “Intergenerational activities like this are so valuable. Seeing our residents interact with these four and five-year-olds is such a joyful experience. It brings out the best in everyone.”colten care kingfishers and durlston court school partner for mutual benefit - 3

Gilly Smith, Head of Durlston’s Pre-Prep Department, said: “The visits are full of smiles, stories and songs and we’re seeing the beginnings of some very special friendships.”

The link with Durlston is one part of Colten Care’s wider commitment to providing companionship for residents.

Across its 19 other homes in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex, the family-owned care home provider is developing similar links with schools and other community organisations.

Watch the film of the Durlston pupils’ first trip to Kingfishers here - it's great!

This is such a lovely potential win win for old and young alike, we hope that many more such initiatives are fostered...

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Colten Care Homes   "Colten Care is a family-owned care home operator established for over 30 years. We design, build, own and run care homes across the South of England, each with individual character and consistently high standards of comfort. Our well trained teams set the very highest standards of residential, nursing and dementia care including in-house catering and activities."

Kingfishers Care Home New Milton  "There’s a holiday feeling about Kingfishers, only half a mile from beaches, in easy reach of the shops and facilities of New Milton, while the New Forest is a short drive just beyond the town. The home sits in a residential area, popular for active retirement. It has a bright and refreshing ambience, alongside a sense of continuity with the lively life of the area. Kingfishers provides both residential and nursing care."

Durlston Court School "We develop happy, confident and successful children who flourish in an inspiring and nurturing environment. Excellence, integrity and challenge are fostered as core values of the Durlston Family. Our children are prepared to face challenges and to fully engage and thrive in the world of today and tomorrow."