A new nursery group which allows new mothers and their children to spend time with elderly residents living in care homes has proven to be a hit with the community.

Little Cherubs Toddler Group is a free bi-monthly event that first launched in June 2019 in the Ashbrook Court care home in Waltham Abbey.

The sessions are attended by babies and children from three months to five years old with their parents alongside pensioners aged from 74 to 99.

The nursery was set up in recognition of how often new mums suffer a sense of isolation and post baby blues, providing an area to socialise and make new friends.

Sahmida Choudhury who attends the twice monthly group sessions with her 10-month-old son Ismaeel, said: “Little Cherubs provides a valuable service to the local community of young mums and their children, many of whom suffer from post baby blues and feelings of isolation after their babies are born.

“For me, the enjoyment has always been the interaction of the elderly residents with the children. Both generations benefit and it is heart-warming to be part of such a special group”.

The Ashbrook Court residents enjoy interacting with the children by playing games, singing and taking care of the home’s pet rabbits together.

One resident, 82-year-old Sara Bostoff has developed a close bond with Sahmida and Ismaeel.

Her daughter, Tina Finn, says: “Mum loves playing with Ismaeel and participates actively. She attends every session and we have seen such a positive difference in her since the group started”.

Home manager Clare O’Neill says: “We started the group because we knew our residents would enjoy being with young children and it’s been a huge success.

“I’ve seen quite a few of our residents get down and play on the mats with the children. We hadn’t realised though what a positive impact it would have on young mothers like Sahmida.

“We do hope that any other mothers in the community who would like to join the group will get in touch”.

For further information about Little Cherubs, contact Janyce Hand at Ashbrook Court care home on 020 8524 5530.