We have often discussed on this blog the need to utilise our growing aging population.  They have so much talent and wisdom to share, and their community involvement makes a difference to both their lives and the beneficiaries of such projects.  

Today we have a joyful Advent story to share of rest home residents doing just that at a Christchurch primary school.  Click here to watch the TVNZ news clip about the project which screened on New Zealand news recently.  

The residents of a local retirement village (already infamous for their take on the ‘Happy’ video clip which brought their vivaciousness and love of life to the school principal’s attention in the first place!) are volunteering to help children on the school’s reading programme.  Without them the school would not be able to offer one-on-one reading help to these children, and the volunteers say that they get a lot out of it too.  Some of them ex-teachers, they say that they are made to feel useful in the community, and also learn a lot they wouldn’t otherwise be aware of from the children – like all about the “Nitro Circus” that he had never heard of before one resident comments!  A great example of communities working together, and our elderly population doing invaluable things in the community.

Shannon Roberts

Shannon Roberts is co-editor of MercatorNet's blog on population issues, Demography is Destiny. While she has a background as a barrister, writing has been a life-long passion and she has contributed...