THE generation game in Peebles is proving to be a winner following a tie up between a local nursery and a sheltered housing complex.

Every Monday afternoon the three- and four-year-olds from First Nursery drop in to visit the residents of Dovecot Court.

And the visits are proving to be a hit with both the children and the pensioners, as songs are sung, stories are told and laughter fills the air.

Allison Moffat, deputy manager at First Nursery, explained: "This time is proving very valuable for both the elderly tenants and the children as they are getting to spend quality time together - singing songs and nursery rhymes which appeals to both ends of the age spectrum.

"At these visits, it is evident that both age groups are really enjoying each other’s company.

"Meeting new people and having a variety of social interactions is great for helping to build up the children’s confidence, improve their social skills and help them to adapt to new environments.”

Intergenerational collaborations have been proving so beneficial for both children and the elderly across the UK that several new care homes and nurseries have been built within the same complex.

Although the Monday meet ups in Peebles are still in their early days it is hoped they will continue well into the new year.

Agnes Bell, Care Services Manager from Dovecot Court owners Eildon Housing Association, told the Peeblesshire News: "Studies have shown real value in inter-generational projects like this.

"The sessions are very popular with tenants, the smiles and happiness created clearly demonstrating the value for all involved.

"Thanks to First Nursery and SB Cares staff for facilitating these visits."