A group of baby volunteers started visiting our Selwyn Village rest homes in 2015 in partnership with local Plunket parents and toddler groups. This community outreach programme is a very rewarding experience for all concerned, enabling residents, parents and babies to meet and have some fun together.
Baby Buddies takes the form of a playgroup which is hosted once a week on a rotational basis. Local parents and their toddlers spend up to one hour in a facility, speaking to residents about parenthood, whilst the children interact, play and sing songs.
Whilst the effect of interacting with babies varies depending on factors such as child-rearing experience and gender, the benefits are considerable and include generally lifting people's spirits and easing the symptoms of age-related illnesses.
Baby buddies has been featured on Radio New Zealand and New Zealand Herald.
Our Baby Buddies meet Friday morning's from 10:00am at Selwyn Village.
If you and your child would like to spend time with our residents, contact the Selwyn Village Baby Buddies on their Facebook page.