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Toddlers take over Aylsham care home and the residents love it

PUBLISHED: 11:21 12 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:21 12 October 2017

Residents at Green Lane View care home enjoying their day with local children. Picture: Pennie Powell

Residents at Green Lane View care home enjoying their day with local children. Picture: Pennie Powell

Pennie Powell

Smiles were bought to the faces of North Norfolk’s elderly community, after children from the local area visited their care home in Aylsham.

Activities from the day. Picture: Pennie PowellActivities from the day. Picture: Pennie Powell

The meet up was organised by the group Get Me Out The Four Walls (GMOT4W), which began as a facebook site connecting women suffering with post-natal depression.

Since then the group has grown exponentially, welcoming any mums who want to spend quality time with their kids, as well as engaging with the local community.

Pennie Powell was the ambassador from GMOT4W who organised the event. She said: “Arranging a play session in a care home is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.

“Green Lane View care home got in touch with me about arranging something, as they also want to engage more with the local community and it falls perfectly with what we do at GMOTFW.”

The day was hailed as a success and will be continued monthly in Aylsham. Picture: Pennie PowellThe day was hailed as a success and will be continued monthly in Aylsham. Picture: Pennie Powell

She continued: “Our first session was a massive success and so many people now want to get involved. Everyone enjoyed it, from Edward who is 4 months old, to Joyce who is 96.

“Our next session is booked for November 14, and the spaces were filled within minutes of it being posted.”

The meet up will now become a monthly fixture in the group’s calendar.

The organisation is also hoping to begin a similar event in Stalham with the group based there.

Ms Powell added: “If anyone is wanting to get out of their four walls with some company or if anyone needs help with Post Natal Depression, they can visit our website www.getmeout.org.uk for more details, to find our online support groups and meet up details.” The group was begun by Naomi Farrow, a mother of three who lives in Holt.

Mrs Farrow set up the group in November 2015, and in the near two year period has amassed almost 4,000 members, as well as more than 20 volunteer ambassadors.

The group then became an official charity in April 2016, and has a specific focus in three main areas: preventing mental illness in mums by getting them out and socialising, organising specifically post-natal depression groups, and funding treatment for women who are suffering with post-natal depression.

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