Zac Goldsmith MP presents Abbeyfield awards to Kew pupils to recognise intergenerational volunteering


Zac Goldsmith MP recently presented awards recognising intergenerational volunteering to Queen’s School students in Kew.

zac goldsmith presenting Abbeyfield Rising Star awards for intergenerational volunteering

Accompanied by some of our residents, Zac Goldsmith MP attended Queen’s Primary School assembly in Kew earlier this week to hand out awards to pupils as part of a partnership to link the children with our residents. Each month, since July 2014, a small group of children have visited Palmer House for a morning of intergenerational activities. As part of Abbeyfield’s Rising Stars Awards, the scheme rewards schoolchildren for their commitment to enhancing the lives of older people.

The benefits of intergenerational activities

“Our residents really enjoy these visits” said Senior House Manager, Pauline Green. “It’s important for society’s youth to interact with older people, and we’re proud to support that with the Abbeyfield Rising Stars initiative.”

The Palmer House residents enjoy chatting with the school children and help them to understand what life is like for older people and gives pupils the chance to learn a bit more about history, such as war-time Britain.

Pauline added, “At Abbeyfield, we thrive on establishing local community connections and insist on making every day valuable for our residents.”

Zac Goldsmith said; “This has become an annual tradition for me, and I enjoy it enormously every time. The collaboration between Queen’s school pupils and Abbeyfield residents is very moving, and hugely valuable.”

The children receiving Abbeyfield Rising Star Awards for 2018

Beatrice Grainger for the incredible effort she’s put into her learning throughout the year. Bea has demonstrated a fantastic determination to achieve her goals and as a result has progressed in leaps and bounds across all subjects – particularly in maths, reading and writing.

Lottie Astbury for her outstanding progress in her writing and for developing confidence in herself and her abilities. She has embraced all the exciting projects and challenges in year 2 and has adapted really well to classroom routines, growing in independence every day.

Eisa Rifai for his conscientious and enthusiastic approach to every aspect of school life. He has truly embodied both the school values and the learning certainties, meaning he has achieved across the curriculum. His dedication and motivation to do well have been a delight to see and he is a true role model: his level of independence, work ethic and sense of responsibility are all exemplary.

Anya Mankovska for her exemplary attitude and behaviour: she is a role model for other pupils, approaching every challenge with quiet self-confidence, always putting in 100% and constantly seeking to improve on the – already very high – standards she sets for herself.


We would like to say a massive congratulations to the four pupils for all of their hard work and thank Queen’s School for their ongoing commitment to enhancing the lives of our residents at Palmer House through this fantastic intergenerational volunteering initiative.


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