“I learnt Te Amo means I love you in Italian” was just one of the great things our Teens reported back that they liked about hanging out with their Elders in Week 3 of STEP ( Seniors and Teens Empathy Program) with HSS (Heart and Soul Story) and Kids Giving Back.
It’s not always easy… ” I sometimes found it difficult to keep the conversation going….but once we got it started again it was fabulous !”
But that’s part of this program.. to realise it’s not always going to be easy .. and that’s ok !
Kicking off Week 4 , there was much fun had again today sharing stories …..about modern mobile phones compared to the Post Office phone interchange where one resident worked years ago, music was compared on Spotify – Irish folk v some modern thrash. Love for art was shared as another resident reminisced about a time he loved to sketch. And if you can’t take your resident to visit your horse at Centennial park stables, next best option for Immy was to draw some maps and sketches herself.
“With mirth and laughter, let old wrinkles come.”
STEP is a component of Heart and Soul Story, a social enterprise with a vision to facilitate empathy & connection through the sharing of life stories. To learn more about the project head to Sam Heron’s website https://heartandsoulstory.com/