Verwood residents invite children to join best bauble challenge

Local schoolchildren got creative when they were invited by their elderly neighbours to join a festive competition.

Residents and staff at Verwood House Care Home, invited the children from nearby Hillside First School, to see if they could make their Christmas tree sparkle.

The home supported Hillside School with Christmas baubles special baubles and invited children to use their imagination and try and create the most spectacular decoration.

Verwood House Wellbeing and Lifestyle Coach Emilia Turner said: “We are always looking for new activities and ways to involve our local community.

“This challenge saw such a positive reaction. We asked the children to design their very best bauble and then send us a picture of it, or even deliver the decoration back into the home for display on our Christmas tree.

“We were amazed with the results. The creative skills from the children was just amazing. “Residents picked two winners of the best bauble competition and winners were handed gift bags filled with treats as prizes.”


The winning baubles were made by delighted duo Kieran and Poppy from the school.

Headteacher Dave Graves at Hillside First School said: “It was great for our children to get out in the local community again and visit Verwood House Care home, especially after some of the restrictions they've had over the last couple of years. 

“It was a wonderful experience with the children singing Christmas songs and having the opportunity to speak to the residents.  We are looking forward to visiting again soon.’’

Emilia added: “Projects like these encourage relationships across the generations and at Christmas these are especially important.

“The children loved the idea of bringing joy to our residents and of course the decorations were very impressive.”