Residents of Bridge House Care Home in Abingdon are enjoying regular visits from a group of toddlers known as the Little Bears.

Participating in crafts, story-sharing, and various other activities with residents, the youngsters are bringing smiles and a fresh energy to the 71-bed facility.

Resident Janet, whose surname has not been disclosed, said: "I love seeing the children when they come to visit.

Oxford Mail: The residents and the youngsters do a range of activities togetherThe residents and the youngsters do a range of activities together (Image: Bridge House)

"It really livens the place up and reminds us all of being young and being with our families."

Lifestyles manager at the home, Chantelle Merritt, said: "It’s lovely to see our residents and the children interacting with each other and you can see how much everyone loves spending time together.

“As the children come back more often you can see the bonds forming with our residents and the smiles and excitement about them visiting last long after they have left.

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"It’s really important for us to build meaningful relationships with our local community and the Little Bears bring so much joy to our home."

The group play together with toys, solve jigsaws, and read stories to the youngsters.

Care home manager, Marta Leszko, said: "The Little Bears bring an incredible sense of happiness and liveliness to our home and this fun atmosphere is something we’re really proud of.

“The interaction between the children and our residents is so heart-warming, and we are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to create such wonderful moments.

"Everyone is always so excited when we know the Little Bears are coming in to visit and seeing how much everyone enjoys it shows how beneficial it is to everyone."